Back in early March we brought you the news that that Orwell Prize for Books 2016 longlist had been revealed, and now the shortlist is announced and it’s dominated by books about the Middle East. The prestigious prize for political writing is awarded each year, continuing Orwell’s ambition to ‘Make political writing into an art’.
For the first time ever, no fiction made the longlist this year, and books about the Middle East dominate the shortlist. Given that our news and politics is current dominated by Middle East stories, this shortlist comes as no surprise, as writing reflects life and political writing in particular.
The New Threat from Islamic Militancy – Jason Burke
Jason Burke is a best selling author in this field, and here he looks at the problems in and with the Middle East and how they have manifested in recent years.
The shortlist takes the list down to six chosen books, all now in the running or the £3,000 prize. The final winner will be announced on 26th May.