2024 Political Fiction Book prize winner

   Political Fiction book prize winner  

My Friends

Hisham Matar

Published by: Viking

A novel exploring the fallout of the 1984 shootings at the Libyan embassy in London, and its effect on three friends. The quietness of the prose belies the event’s traumatic drama and its profound personal and political repercussions. The style is old fashioned – genteel almost – and authentic to the point of reading like the most exquisite memoir. A warm and extraordinarily clear-sighted novel that is, in part, about the power of the literary word to effect real-world change.


Simon Okotie, Orwell Prize for Political Fiction judge 2024