Announcing the 2017 Orwell Prize Longlists

Thursday 16 March 2017

Longlists for the Orwell Prize for Books, Journalism and Britain’s Social Evils were announced today, following a year in which George Orwell’s name has returned to the heart of political discourse. 14 books were longlisted for the Orwell Prize for Books and 14 journalists were longlisted for the Orwell Prize for Journalism. 12 entries were longlisted for the Orwell Prize for Britain’s Social Evils.


The Orwell Prize for Books  2017 longlist:

  • The Power by Naomi Alderman (Viking)
  • Citizen Clem by John Bew (Quercus)
  • The Seven by Ruth Dudley Edwards (Oneworld)
  • The Return by Hisham Matar (Viking)
  • Black and British by David Olusoga (Macmillan)
  • The Life Project by Helen Pearson (Allen Lane)
  • Easternisation by Gideon Rachman (The Bodley Head)
  • All Out War by Tim Shipman (William Collins)
  • The Marches by Rory Stewart (Vintage, Jonathan Cape)
  • Island Story by J. D. Taylor (Repeater)
  • And the Sun Shines Now by Adrian Tempany (Faber & Faber)
  • Enough Said by Mark Thompson (The Bodley Head)
  • Cut by Hibo Wardere, in collaboration with Anna Wharton (Simon & Schuster)
  • Another Day in the Death of America by Gary Younge (Guardian Faber)

The judges for the Orwell Prize for Books 2017 are Jonathan Derbyshire, Bonnie Greer, Mark Lawson and Erica Wagner

The Orwell Prize for Journalism 2017 longlist:

  • Ian Birrell (Daily Mail, Mail on Sunday, The i Paper/The Independent, The Guardian)
  • Rosie Blau (The Economist)
  • Edward Carr (The Economist)
  • Carole Cadwalladr (The Observer)
  • Aditya Chakrabortty (The Guardian)
  • Nick Cohen (Standpoint, The Observer)
  • John Harris (The Guardian)
  • David Hayes (Inside Story)
  • Patrick Kingsley (The Guardian, The Observer)
  • Anthony Loyd (The Times, The New Statesman)
  • Douglas Murray (The Spectator, The Sunday Times)
  • Sarah O’Connor (Financial Times)
  • Fintan O’Toole (The Irish Times, The Guardian, The Observer)
  • Paul Wood (The Spectator, Harper’s)

The judges for the Orwell Prize for Journalism 2017 are Liz Forgan, Allan Little and Francis Wheen

The Orwell Prize for Britain’s Social Evils:

Supported by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation

  • A Journey on the 25 by Peter Yeung
  • Behind Closed Doors by Anna Hall, Erica Gornall & Louise Tickle (True Vision Aire and the Guardian)
  • The business of single mothers on benefits by Rossalyn Warren (BuzzFeed News/Freelance)
  • Drug company profiteering exposed by Billy Kenber (The Times)
  • Football sexual-abuse scandal by Daniel Taylor (The Guardian/The Observer)
  • From Brighton to the Battlefield; how four friends were drawn to Syria by Mark Townsend (The Guardian)
  • The gangsters on England’s doorstep by Felicity Lawrence (The Guardian)
  • The Nazi Foodbank by Stephen Stewart (The Daily Record)
  • The RBS Dash for Cash by BuzzFeed UK Investigations team; Tom Warren, Jane Bradley & Richard Holmes (Heidi Blake – Editor)
  • Real Britain column by Ros Wynne-Jones (The Daily Mirror)
  • The UK Housing Crisis by Dawn Foster (The Guardian)
  • Zero-hours Britain: Undercover at JD Sports by Channel 4 Investigation Unit; Ciaran Jenkins, Andy Lee & Lee Sorrell (Job Rabkin – Editor)

The judges for the Orwell Prize for Exposing Britain’s Social Evils 2017 are Samira Ahmed, Claire Ainsley and Julian Le Grand