Judges

Book Judges

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Andrew Gamble

Andrew Gamble is Professor of Politics at the University of Sheffield and Emeritus Professor of Politics at the University of Cambridge. He is a Fellow of the British Academy and the Academy of Social Sciences. He was an editor of The Political Quarterly 1997-2012. His main research interests lie in political economy, British politics, political theory and political history. His books includePolitics and Fate and Crisis without end? The unravelling of western prosperity. In 2005 he received the Isaiah Berlin Prize from the Political Studies Association for lifetime contribution to political studies. His most recent book, to be published next year by Polity is ‘Can the welfare state survive?’.

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Andrew Holgate

Andrew is Literary Editor of The Sunday Times.

 

 

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Andrew O’Hagan

Andrew O’Hagan was born in Glasgow in 1968. He is an award-winning novelist and a contributing editor to the London Review of Books and Granta magazine. In his acclaimed first book, The Missing, O’Hagan wrote about his own childhood and told the stories of parents whose children had disappeared. The book was shortlisted for the Esquire Award, the Saltire Society Scottish First Book of the Year Award, and the McVities Prize for Scottish Writer of the Year award. Part of the book was adapted for radio and television as Calling Bible John and won a BAFTA award.

Our Fathers, his first novel, was shortlisted for the Booker Prize for Fiction and the Whitbread First Novel Award. Personality, about a 13-year-old girl with a beautiful singing voice growing up above a chip shop on the Scottish island of Bute and making ready to realise her family’s dream of fame, won the 2003 James Tait Black Memorial Prize (for fiction). In 2003 Andrew O’Hagan was nominated by Granta magazine as one of 20 ‘Best of Young British Novelists’. In 2004 he edited The Weekenders: Adventures in Calcutta, a collection of various writers’ accounts of Kolkata.

 

 

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Arifa Akbar

Arifa Akbar is deputy literary editor and arts writer at The Independent where she has worked since 2001. She led the reporting team after the 7 July bombings in London, for which The Independent was shortlisted for a Press Gazette award. Arifa has chaired author interviews at Asia House and the South Asian Literary Festival.

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Baroness Joan Bakewell

Joan is a star broadcaster and writer as well as a Labour Party life peer. Working on several programmes Joan has interviewed literary greats including Alan Ginsberg and regularly contributes opinion to many national press outlets. Joan was appointed CBE in 1999 and promoted to DBE in 2008. She is the author of several books including The View from Here: Life at Seventy and her autobiography The Centre of the Bed. Her latest book is She’s Leaving Home. Between 2008 and 2010 Joan acted as a Voice of Older People.

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Baroness Joan Bakewell

Joan is a star broadcaster and writer as well as a Labour Party life peer. Working on several programmes Joan has interviewed literary greats including Alan Ginsberg and regularly contributes opinion to many national press outlets. Joan was appointed CBE in 1999 and promoted to DBE in 2008. She is the author of several books including The View from Here: Life at Seventy and her autobiography The Centre of the Bed. Her latest book is She’s Leaving Home. Between 2008 and 2010 Joan acted as a Voice of Older People.

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Blake Morrison

Blake Morrison is an award-winning writer, poet and journalist. He began his career working for the Times Literary Supplement, before serving as literary editor for The Observer and the Independent on Sunday. Blake writes across genres in the form of poetry, journalism, novel and memoir.

For his writing he has won the Eric Gregory Award, the Dylan Thomas Award, Somerset Maugham Award for Dark Glasses, E. M. Forster Award, Esquire/Volvo/Waterstone’s Non-Fiction and the JR Ackerley Prize for Autobiography for his memoir And When Did You Last See Your Father? The book was subsequently made into a feature film starring Jim Broadbent and Colin Firth. His most famous works include the narrative poem The Ballad of the Yorkshire Ripper, an investigation into the Jamie Bulger case As if and most recently The Last Weekend. Blake is a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, former chair of the Poetry Book Society, vice-chair of PEN and a member of the Orwell Trust. He is Professor of Creative Writing at Goldsmiths, University of London.

 

 

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Claire Armistead

Claire is the Books Editor of the Guardian and the Observer. She was formerly theatre critic for the Ham & High, The Financial Times, and the Guardian, where she also worked as arts editor. She also presents the Guardian’s weekly books podcast and is a frequent commentator on radio.

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David Goodhart

David Goodhart is a journalist, commentator and author and former director of the think tank Demos. He founded Prospect magazine in 1995, and was its editor until 2010. He is now editor-at-large. He is the author of The British Dream: Successes and Failures of Post-war Immigration and has written for The Guardian, The Financial Times, The Independent and The Times.

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Fiammetta Rocco

Fiammetta Rocco grew up in Kenya of French-Italian parents and read Arabic at Oxford. An award-winning journalist on both sides of the Atlantic, she has been the books and arts editor of The Economist since 2003. Her book, The Miraculous Fever Tree, about malaria and the discovery of quinine, was a Radio 4 Book of the Week. She is also the administrator of the Man Booker International Prize and on the board of the Edinburgh International Book festival.

Francine Stock

Francine Stock

Francine began her journalism career as a specialist reporter in the oil industry. In 1983 she joined the BBC to produce The World at One, PM and the World This Weekend, where she rose through the ranks, presenting programmes such as Newsnight and The Money Programme. Stock pursues an interest in film and is author of In Glorious Technicolour where she discusses how film has shaped culture. She currently presents The Film Programme for Radio 4 and served as chair of the Tate Members’ Council until 2010.

Francine on Twitter

 

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Gillian Slovo

Gillian is an award winning South African novelist, playwright and memoirist. Her 1997 memoir Every Secret Thing, about her parents’ struggles against apartheid, brought her international acclaim. Ice Road (2004) was shortlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction. Her most recent novel is Black Orchids (2008).

Helena Kennedy

Helena Kennedy

Helena is a barrister and an expert in human rights law, civil liberties and constitutional issues. She is a member of the House of Lords, chair of Arts and Business, produced the Power Report (2006) and was a founding member of Charter 88 and previously chair of the British Council. She is a board member of the Media Standards Trust, a trustee of the British Museum and the Booker Prize Foundation, and patron of many charities. Her book, Just Law, was shortlisted for the Orwell Prize 2005.

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Jean Seaton

Jean Seaton is Professor of Media History at the University of Westminster, the official historian of the BBC and took over the Orwell Prize as Director in 2007. She has written on the history and role of the media in politics, wars, revolutions, religion and childhood, including Power Without Responsibility: the Press and Broadcasting in Britain (with James Curran) and Carnage and the Media: The Making and Breaking of News about Violence, as well as (with John Lloyd)What Can Be Done? Making the Media and Politics Better. She is on the board of the Political Quarterly and Full Fact.

 

 

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Jim Naughtie

James Naughtie has been a Radio 4 presenter since 1994. Before joining the BBC, Jim worked for The Aberdeen Press & Journal, The Washington Post and served as Chief Political Correspondent at both The Guardian and The Scotsman. He has written books including The Accidental American: Tony Blair and the Presidency.

 

 

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Andrew O'Hagan

Andrew O’Hagan

Andrew O’Hagan was born in Glasgow in 1968. He is an award-winning novelist and a contributing editor to the London Review of Books and Granta magazine. In his acclaimed first book, The Missing, O’Hagan wrote about his own childhood and told the stories of parents whose children had disappeared. The book was shortlisted for the Esquire Award, the Saltire Society Scottish First Book of the Year Award, and the McVities Prize for Scottish Writer of the Year award. Part of the book was adapted for radio and television as Calling Bible John and won a BAFTA award.

Our Fathers, his first novel, was shortlisted for the Booker Prize for Fiction and the Whitbread First Novel Award. Personality, about a 13-year-old girl with a beautiful singing voice growing up above a chip shop on the Scottish island of Bute and making ready to realise her family’s dream of fame, won the 2003 James Tait Black Memorial Prize (for fiction). In 2003 Andrew O’Hagan was nominated by Granta magazine as one of 20 ‘Best of Young British Novelists’. In 2004 he edited The Weekenders: Adventures in Calcutta, a collection of various writers’ accounts of Kolkata.

 

 

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Blake Morrison

Blake Morrison is an award-winning writer, poet and journalist. He began his career working for the Times Literary Supplement, before serving as literary editor for The Observer and the Independent on Sunday. Blake writes across genres in the form of poetry, journalism, novel and memoir.

For his writing he has won the Eric Gregory Award, the Dylan Thomas Award, Somerset Maugham Award for Dark Glasses, E. M. Forster Award, Esquire/Volvo/Waterstone’s Non-Fiction and the JR Ackerley Prize for Autobiography for his memoir And When Did You Last See Your Father? The book was subsequently made into a feature film starring Jim Broadbent and Colin Firth. His most famous works include the narrative poem The Ballad of the Yorkshire Ripper, an investigation into the Jamie Bulger case As if and most recently The Last Weekend. Blake is a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, former chair of the Poetry Book Society, vice-chair of PEN and a member of the Orwell Trust. He is Professor of Creative Writing at Goldsmiths, University of London.

 

 

Brian Cathcart

Brian Cathcart

Brian won the Orwell Prize for Books in 2000 for The Case of Stephen Lawrence. Now the professor in journalism at Kingston University, he was previously deputy editor and foreign editor of the Independent on Sunday and has written for outlets including The Independent, Financial Times, New Statesman,The Big Issue, The Guardian and Index on Censorship. He was specialist adviser to the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee’s inquiry into press standards, privacy and libel (2008-10) and is one of the founders of theHacked Off campaign.

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Caroline Thomson

Caroline is Executive Director of the English National Ballet and Chair of Digital UK. She began at the BBC as a broadcast journalist and worked as a producer on Radio 4 and Panorama. She spent 11 years at Channel 4 before returning to the BBC, where she became Chief Operating Officer, before stepping down in 2012.

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Chris Mullin

Chris Mullin is an author, a journalist and a politician. He was MP for Sunderland South for 23 years; a minister in three departments and chairman of the Home Affairs select committee. As a writer Chris’ books include three highly acclaimed volumes of diaries, the latest of which is A walk on part. He has also written three novels. As a journalist he has contributed to all major outlets and many more. Chris is chairman for the Heritage Lottery Fund North East and judged the Man Booker Prize in 2011.

Chris Mullin’s website

 

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Frances Cairncross

Frances Cairncross is an economist and journalist. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, chair of the Court of Heriot-Watt University and interim Director of the National Institute for Economic and Social Research. She was an economic columnist on The Guardian and subsequently a senior editor at The Economist. Dame Frances was Chair of the Economic and Social Research Council between 2001 and 2007. She is the author of a number of books, including The Death of Distance and Costing the Earth. From 2004 to 2014 Dame Frances was Rector of Exeter College, Oxford University

Ian Hargreaves

Ian Hargreaves

Ian is professor of digital economy at Cardiff University’s School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies. He worked for the Financial Times for 11 years before joining the BBC as managing editor, and then director, of News and Current Affairs. He rejoined the FT as deputy editor before leaving to edit The Independent in 1994 and the New Statesman in 1996. He conducted the Hargreaves Review of intellectual property and growth, the report, Digital Opportunity, being published in May 2011, and wrote Journalism: A Very Short Introduction (2005).

Ian Hargreaves at Cardiff University

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Jean Seaton

Jean Seaton is Professor of Media History at the University of Westminster, the official historian of the BBC and took over the Orwell Prize as Director in 2007. She has written on the history and role of the media in politics, wars, revolutions, religion and childhood, including Power Without Responsibility: the Press and Broadcasting in Britain (with James Curran) and Carnage and the Media: The Making and Breaking of News about Violence, as well as (with John Lloyd)What Can Be Done? Making the Media and Politics Better. She is on the board of the Political Quarterly and Full Fact.

 

 

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Jo Glanville

Jo is the Director of English PEN, the worldwide fellowship of writers promoting free expression and the literature across frontiers. Jo worked as a BBC current affairs editor for eight years and she is the former editor of award winning Index on Censorship

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John Lloyd

John Lloyd is a contributing editor to the Financial Times, a columnist for Reuters.com and for La Repubblica of Rome;  he was co-founder of The Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at the University of Oxford in 2006, where he is now a Senior Research FellowHe has been editor of the New Statesman and of Time Out.  John has won the British Press Awards Specialist Writer of the Year; the Granada What the Papers Say awards Journalist of the Year; the David Watt prize for journalism and the Biagio Agnes (Italy) International Reporter of the Year . He is the author of Loss without Limit: the British Miners’ StrikeRebirth of a Nation: An Anatomy of RussiaWhat the Media are doing to our Politics and Reporting the EU, News, Media and the European Institutions.

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Lynne Truss

Lynne Truss began her writing life as a literary journalist, editing the books section of The Listener magazine between 1986 and 1990. Since then she has kept a high profile as a journalist, writing for The Times as a critic, columnist and sportswriter (shortlisted for Sportswriter of the Year 1997); for Woman’s Journal(“Columnist of the Year”, 1996); and more recently as a critic for the Daily Mailand The Sunday Times, where she is a regular book reviewer. She has published six books, including three novels, With One Lousy Free Packet of Seed, Tennyson’s Gift and Going Loco. Her book on punctuation, Eats, Shoots and Leaves, was the publishing phenomenon of 2003.

She has also written many scripts for BBC Radio 4, including dramas, sitcoms and talks. She appears regularly on the network presenting features and taking part in discussions. Two series of her comedy series Acropolis Now have so far been broadcast (starring Stephen Moore, Robert Hardy, Imelda Staunton); also a six part series of monologues A Certain Age, and an innovative six-part series of dialogues Full Circle, starring Claire Skinner, Phyllis Logan, Michael Maloney, Phil Davis and Sheila Hancock.

Martin Bright

Martin Bright

Martin Bright began his journalistic career writing in very simple English for a magazine aimed at French school children. This experience has informed his style ever since. He worked for the BBC World Service, and The Guardianbefore joining The Observer as Education Correspondent. He went on to become Home Affairs Editor before becoming the New Statesman’s political editor in 2005 and his work was shortlisted for the 2007 Orwell Prize for Journalism. He left theNew Statesman in January 2009, and started blogging on Spectator.co.uk. He was appointed political editor of the Jewish Chronicle in August 2009. Martin is the founder of New Deal of the Mind.

 

 

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Michael Parks

Michael is a journalist and educator whose assignments have taken him around the globe. His writing has earned him several Pulitzer Awards. Michael is Professor of Journalism a USC.

Michael Parks at USC

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Nicholas Timmins

Nicholas is former Public Policy Editor of the Financial Times and author of The Five Giants; A Biography of the Welfare State He now works with The King’s Fund, an independent charity working to improve health and health care in England. Nicholas is also a senior fellow at the Institute for Government, a senior associate of the Nuffield Trust, and a visiting professor in public management at King’s College London.

Nicholas Timmins on Journalisted

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Paul Anderson

Paul is a former Editor of Tribune and former Deputy Editor of New Statesman. He was Director of Undergraduate Journalism at City University London for more than 10 years. He is the author of Orwell in Tribune: As I Please and other writings

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Anushka Asthana

Anushka is Sky News’ Political Correspondent based in London. She began her journalism career at the Observer and spent eight years there, covering the 2010 General Election as the paper’s policy editor. She also worked as a columnist and chief political correspondent for The Times.

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Emily Ashton

Emily Ashton is senior political correspondent at BuzzFeed UK, where she has worked since January (2015). Before this, she was Whitehall correspondent at The Sun for three and a half years. She started her journalism career as a reporter at the Press Association where she worked in general news before moving to Westminster and becoming chief parliamentary reporter.

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Julia Unwin

Julia Unwin has been Chief Executive of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and the Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust since 2007. She was a member of the Housing Corporation Board for 10 years and a Charity Commissioner from 1998-2003. Julia was also Deputy Chair of the Food Standards Agency and worked as an independent consultant operating within government and the voluntary and corporate sectors. She has researched and written extensively on the role, governance and funding of the voluntary sector, and its relationship with government. She previously held a position as chair of the Refugee Council from 1995 until 1998, and is currently a member of the University of York’s Council and a Governor of the National Institute of Economic and Social Research. Julia was awarded a Fellowship of the City and Guilds of London Institute in June 2012. She has Honorary Doctorates from the University of South Wales and from York St John University. Julia has written several books, the most recent of which is entitled “Why Fight Poverty?” and was published in November 2013. Follow Julia on Twitter @juliaunwin

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Nicholas Timmins

Nick is a Senior Fellow at The King’s Fund, where he works on a range of policy projects. Between 1996 and 2011, he was Public Policy Editor of the Financial Times. He is also the author of The Five Giants: A Biography of the Welfare State.

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Richard Sambrook

Richard is Professor of Journalism and Director of the Centre for Journalism at Cardiff University. He spent 30 years as a journalist at the BBC, where he worked as a producer, editor, and manager. He is also Visiting Fellow at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at the University of Oxford.