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£10,000 up for grabs in the Paddy Power and Total Politics Political Book Awards

by Aidan Elder | December 6, 2012

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We lost faith in politics a while back when our meticulously planned ‘First Past The Pub’ system was rejected as realistic method of deciding elections, but recently our love all things ballots has returned. That’s thanks in large part to a wave of enjoyable recent political books that have come along. There’s load of them, so many in fact, that Paddy Power has decided to team up with Total Politics magazine to create the inaugural Paddy Power and Total Politics Political Book Awards.

There’s a £10,000 prize up for grabs for the main prize of Political Book of the Year. Such a big prize deserves big competition and some political heavyweights are battling it out for the accolade. Former Home Secretary Jack Straw, former Irish President Mary Robinson, BBC political editor Nick Robinson, Alastair Campbell and political journalist and presenter Andrew Marr are just some of the names in the running for the hotly-contested big prize.

If that’s not enough political book competition for your liking, never fear because there are eight other categories, which should ensure an always amusing amount of ‘trying not to look pissed off when someone else wins the category you were up for’.

These other categories include Political Biography of the Year, Polemic of the Year, Political History Book of the Year, International Affairs Book of the Year, Political Process Book of the Year, Political Humour/Satire Book of the Year, Political Fiction Book of the Year, and the Lifetime Achievement Award in Political Literature. A total of 68 books have been shortlisted across the nine categories with the prize money generously donated by Lord Ashcroft KCMG and Paddy Power. Sponsors high five Lord Asho! Yeah!

The judging panel is made up of leading political figures including Adam Boulton, Ann Widdecombe, Alastair Campbell (who’s not allowed to judge his own book category), Charles Clarke, Tristram Hunt, Rory Stewart, Carolyn Quinn, Chris Mullin, Dame Ann Leslie, Mary Beard and Jacqui Smith. The awards will be presented at a star-studded ceremony at the BFI IMAX cinema on Wednesday, February 6, 2013.

BETTING: Paddy Power and Total Politics Political Book Awards

The categories and shortlists in full

Political Book of the Year

3/1      Live From Downing Street by Nick Robinson (Bantam Press)

5/1      The Day Parliament Burned Down by Caroline Shenton (OUP)

7/1      Everybody Matters by Mary Robinson (Hodder & Stoughton)

7/1      Ever the Diplomat by Sherard Cowper-Coles (HarperPress)

8/1      A History of the World by Andrew Marr (Macmillan)

10/1     The Burden of Power by Alastair Campbell (Hutchinson)

12/1     The Politics of Coalition by Robert Hazell and Ben Yong (Hart Publishing)

14/1     Why Nations Fail by Daron Acemoglu and James A. Robinson (Profile Books)

 14/1     Education, Education, Education by Andrew Adonis (Biteback)

16/1     Britain’s Quest for a Role by David Hannay (I.B. Tauris

Debut Political Book of the Year

Bloody Nasty People by Daniel Trilling (Verso Books)
Cruel Britannia by Ian Cobain (Portobello Books)
Everybody Matters by Mary Robinson (Hodder & Stoughton)
Half A Wife by Gaby Hinsliff (Chatto & Windus)
Live From Downing Street by Nick Robinson (Bantam Press)
Revolution 2.0 by Wael Ghonim (Fourth Estate)
The Young Atheist’s Handbook by Alom Shaha (Biteback

Political Biography of the Year

A Kick Against the Pricks: The Autobiography by David Norris (Transworld Ireland)
Events, Dear Boy, Events by Ruth Winstone (Profile Books)
Inside the Centre: The Life of J. Robert Oppenheimer by Ray Monk (Jonathan Cape)
Last Man Standing by Jack Straw (Macmillan)
Muckraker: The Scandalous Life and Times of W. T. Stead by W. Sydney Robinson (The Robson Press)
Nancy: The Story of Lady Astor by Adrian Fort (Jonathan Cape)
The Burden of Power by Alastair Campbell (Hutchinson)

Polemic of the Year

A Doomed Marriage: Britain and Europe by Daniel Hannan (Notting Hill Editions)
Arguing for Independence by Stephen Maxwell (Luath Press)
Britain for Sale by Alex Brummer (Cornerstone)
Defending Politics by Matthew Flinders (OUP)
Drugs – Without the Hot Air by David Nutt (UIT Cambridge)
Education, Education, Education by Andrew Adonis (Biteback)
The End of Politics by Douglas Carswell (Biteback)
Geek Manifesto by Mark Henderson (Bantam Press)
The New Few by Ferdinand Mount (Simon & Schuster)
You Can’t Read This Book by Nick Cohen (Fourth Estate)

Political History Book of the Year

A History of the World by Andrew Marr (Macmillan)
Fascist Voices by Christopher Duggan (Bodley Head)
Real Britannia by Colin Brown (Oneworld Publications)
The Day Parliament Burned Down by Caroline Shenton (OUP)
The Liberal Unionist Party: A History by Ian Cawood (I.B. Tauris)
The Road Not Taken by Frank McLynn (Bodley Head)
The Unlikely Warriors by Richard Baxell (Aurum Press)

International Affairs Book of the Year

Britain’s Quest for a Role by David Hannay (I.B. Tauris)
Gang of One by Gary Mulgrew (Hodder & Stoughton)
Is China Buying the World? by Peter Nolan (Polity Press)Mullahs Without Mercy by Geoffrey Robertson (Biteback)
No Worse Enemy by Ben Anderson (Oneworld Publications)
Nuclear Iran by David Patrikarakos (I.B. Tauris)
On the Front Line by Marie Colvin (HarperPress)
The Strongman: Vladimir Putin and the Struggle for Russia by Angus Roxburgh (I.B. Tauris)
Tiger Head, Snake Tails by Jonathan Fenby (Simon & Schuster)
Why Nations Fail by Daron Acemoglu and James A. Robinson (Profile Books

Political Process Book of the Year

Britannia Unchained by Kwasi Kwarteng, Priti Patel, Dominic Raab, Chris Skidmore, Elizabeth Truss
(Palgrave Macmillan)
Ever the Diplomat by Sherard Cowper-Coles (HarperPress)
Lessons from the Top by Gavin Esler (Profile Books)
Philip Gould – An Unfinished Life by Dennis Kavanagh (Palgrave Macmillan)
Stumbling Over Truth by Kevin Marsh (Biteback)
The Politics of Coalition by Robert Hazell and Ben Yong (Hart Publishing)

Political Humour/Satire Book of the Year

Ban This Filth! by Ben Thompson (Faber & Faber)
Eminent Elizabethans by Piers Brendon (Jonathan Cape)
House of Fun by Simon Hoggart (Guardian Books)
Is That Mic Off? by Phil Mason and Matthew Parris (The Robson Press)
Questions to Which the Answer is ‘No!’ by John Rentoul (Elliott & Thompson)
The Best of Matt 2012 by Matthew Pritchett (Orion)
The Spanish Ambassador’s Suitcase by Matthew Parris and Andrew Bryson (Viking)

Political Fiction Book of the Year

A Sentimental Traitor by Michael Dobbs (Simon & Schuster)
Pawn’s Gambit by Harry Armstrong (Arena Books)
Skagboys by Irvine Welsh (Jonathan Cape)
Sweet Tooth by Ian McEwan (Jonathan Cape)
The Geneva Trap by Stella Rimington (Bloomsbury)

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  1. H Stewart said on December 6, 2012 @ 8:58 pm

    Intriguing, why are there still so few politics books written by women? I reckons its less than 10% of this list. It makes women’s representation in parliament look strong by comparison!

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