2021 Political Writing Book prize long list

The Interest: How the British Establishment Resisted the Abolition of Slavery

Michael Taylor

Published by: Bodley Head

The Interest is exactly the kind of history book Britain needs now, putting into sober context the back-slapping idea Britain did everything it could to wipe out slavery in the nineteenth century. Exhaustive and unflinching, Taylor’s book shows that, in reality, many British institutions and individuals desperately tried to keep it alive, motivated by greed.”