Johann Hari returns Orwell Prize

Friday 16 September 2011

Johann Hari, who was awarded the Orwell Prize for Journalism 2008, has returned the Prize. This followed allegations about Hari’s journalism, and the completion of an investigation by The Independent.

The Prize had investigated the allegations and came to a decision in July but had ‘reluctantly consented’ to delay its announcement, since Hari was not in a position to communicate with the Prize.

Orwell Prize at The Times Cheltenham Literature Festival

More on Orwell and Wodehouse

In our previous newsletter, we gave you Orwell’s essay, ‘In Defence of P. G. Wodehouse’.
Peter Davison, editor of the Complete Works, has since been in touch with some more information – about the correspondence between Orwell and Wodehouse, and Wodehouse’s view of Orwell’s literary criticism of his work – which you can read on our site.

From the archive

Guardian Law has selected Tom Bingham’s The Rule of Law, winner of this year’s Orwell Prize, as their first ever book club choice. You can read Joshua Rozenberg’s take over on the Guardian website, and learn more about the book – and read the first chapter – on our website.

From elsewhere

The Wartime Diaries

The next entry will be published on 14th March.

The Hop-Picking Diaries

Over the next week, entries will be published on 18th and 19th September.

The Wigan Pier Diaries

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