The results of the Paddy Power Political Book awards are now out!
Political book of the year is Revolt on the Right: Explaining Support for the Radical Right in Britain by Robert Ford and Matthew Goodwin, who receive £10,000
The story of the rise of the UK Independence Party (UKIP) Drawing on a wealth of new data – from surveys of UKIP voters to extensive interviews with party insiders – in this book prominent political scientists Robert Ford and Matthew Goodwin put UKIP’s revolt under the microscope and show how many conventional wisdoms about the party and the radical right are wrong.
Women of the world: the rise of the female diplomat by Helen McCarthy. Throughout the 2othC and before, determined British women defied the social conventions of their day to seek adventure and influence on the world stage- as travellers, explorers, business-owners or buyers or working for worthy international causes, from anti-slavery and women’s suffrage to the League of Nations and world peace. Yet until 1946, no British woman could officially represent her nation abroad. It was only after decades of campaigning and the heroic labours performed by women during WW2 that diplomatic careers were finally opened to both sexes.
Political history book of the year: Modernity Britain: A Shake of the Dice 1959–62 by David Kynaston Politics and government between 1945-1964
Political Biography of the Year: Roy Jenkins: A Well-Rounded Life by John Campbell Best Prime Minister we never had?
Debut political book of the year: City of Lies: Love, Sex, Death and the Search for Truth in Tehran by Ramita Navai – Far removed from the picture of Tehran we glimpse in news stories, there is another, hidden city, where survival depends on an intricate network of lies and falsehoods. It is also the home of our eight protagonists, drawn from across the spectrum of Iranian society.These are ordinary people forced to live extraordinary lives
Political fiction book of the year: Acts of Omission by Terry Stiastny – In 1998 the gilt is starting to come off a new era. Mark Lucas, the recently appointed foreign minister, is in a dilemma. A disk containing the names of British informants to the Stasi has ended up in the hands of the government. Elected on a platform of transparency, he faces resistance from the diplomatic service who don’t want him to return it to the Germans, despite their entreaties. Alex Rutherford, a young man working for the intelligence services, wakes up one morning with a hangover and a dawning realisation that his computer is lost and, with it, the only copy of that disk. When the disk is delivered to the newspaper where journalist Anna Travers works, she finds herself unravelling not just a mystery, but many people’s lives
Practical politics book of the year: The ‘Too Difficult’ Box by Charles Clarke – Former Home Secretary Charles Clarke brings together a cast of heavy hitters from the worlds of politics, academia and public service to write expansively and persuasively on important topics too often kicked into the long grass because of their insolubility, such as immigration, welfare reform, drug regulation, public sector pensions, nuclear disarmament, social care in old age and gender discrimination in the work place
- Polemic of the year: An Inconvenient Genocide: Who Now Remembers the Armenians? by Geoffrey Robertson
- World war one book of the year: The World’s War by David Olusoga
- Political humour and satire book of the year: The Coalition Book by Martin Rowson