Jonathan Freedland is a columnist at the Guardian. He also regularly writes for the New York Review of Books and the Jewish Chronicle. He also presents ‘The Long View’ on Radio 4, and writes novels under the pseudonym Sam Bourne.
He was shortlisted for the Orwell Prize for journalism in 2007.
Marking Margaret Thatcher’s passing: a battle over Britain’s present and future – The Guardian, 09/04/2013
Antisemitism doesn’t always come doing a Hitler salute – The Guardian, 04/10/2013
Why even atheists should be praying for Pope Francis – The Guardian, 15/11/2013
Woolwich attack: When killers strike, should we listen to what they say? – The Guardian, 24/05/2013
In Britain today rules, like taxes, are for the little people – The Guardian, 12/07/2013
The Unknown Maggie – The New York Review of Books, 26/09/2013
Ghaith Abdul-Ahad is an Iraqi journalist, who has reported from Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, and Libya. He is a Guardian foreign correspondent, and writes regularly for the London Review of Books.
How to Start a Battalion (in Five Easy Lessons) – London Review of Books, 21/02/2013
Diary – London Review of Books, 08/08/2013
Syria’s oilfields create surreal battle lines amid chaos and tribal loyalties – the Guardian, 25/06/2013
Syria’s al-Nusra Front – ruthless, organised and taking control – the Guardian, 10/07/2013
‘Syria is not a revolution any more – this is civil war’ – the Guardian, 18/11/2013
Ghaith Abdul-Ahad on twitter
Alan Johnson’s childhood was not so much difficult as unusual, particularly for a man who was destined to become Home Secretary. Not in respect of the poverty, which was shared with many of those living in the slums of post-war Britain, but in its transition from two-parent family to single mother and then to no parents at all…
This is essentially the story of two incredible women: Alan’s mother, Lily, who battled against poor health, poverty, domestic violence and loneliness to try to ensure a better life for her children; and his sister, Linda, who had to assume an enormous amount of responsibility at a very young age and who fought to keep the family together and out of care when she herself was still only a child.
Played out against the background of a vanishing community living in condemned housing, the story moves from post-war austerity in pre-gentrified Notting Hill, through the race riots, school on the Kings Road, Chelsea in the Swinging 60s, to the rock-and-roll years, making a record in Denmark Street and becoming a husband and father whilst still in his teens.
This Boy is one man’s story, but it is also a story of England and the West London slums which are so hard to imagine in the capital today. No matter how harsh the details, Alan Johnson writes with a spirit of generous acceptance, of humour and openness which makes his book anything but a grim catalogue of miseries.
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A fearless, passionate veteran reporter of conflicts from around the world, Sunday Times journalist Marie Colvin was killed in February 2012, covering the uprising in Syria from the besieged city of Homs. On the Front Line is a collection of her finest work, a portion of the proceeds from which will go to the Marie Colvin Memorial Fund.
Marie Colvin held a profound belief in the pursuit of truth, and the courage and humanity of her work was deeply admired. On the Front Line includes her various interviews with Yasser Arafat and Colonel Gadaffi; reports from East Timor in 1999 where she shamed the UN into protecting its refugees; accounts of her terrifying escape from the Russian army in Chechnya; and reports from the strongholds of the Sri Lankan Tamil Tigers where she was hit by shrapnel, leaving her blind in one eye.
Typically, however, her new eye-patch only reinforced Colvin’s sense of humour and selfless conviction. She returned quickly to the front line, reporting on 9/11, Afghanistan, Iraq, Gaza and, lately, the Arab Spring.
Immediate and compelling, On the Front Line is a street-view of the historic events that have shaped the last 25 years, from an award-winning foreign correspondent and the outstanding journalist of her generation.
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On 15 September 2003 Baha Mousa, a hotel receptionist, was killed by British Army troops in Iraq. He had been arrested the previous day in Basra and was taken to a military base for questioning. For forty-eight hours he and nine other innocent civilians had their heads encased in sandbags and their wrists bound by plastic handcuffs and had been kicked and punched with sustained cruelty.
A succession of guards and casual army visitors took pleasure in beating the Iraqis, humiliating them, forcing them into stress positions in temperatures up to 50 degrees Centigrade, and watching them suffer in the dirty concrete building where they were held. Other soldiers, officers, medics, the padre, did not take part in the violence but they saw what was happening and did nothing to stop it. Some knew it was wrong. Some weren’t sure. Some were too scared to intervene. But none said anything or enough until it was far too late and Baha Mousa had been beaten to death.
This book tells the inside story of these crimes and their aftermath. It examines the institutional brutality, the bureaucratic apathy, the flawed military police inquiry and the farcical court martial that attempted to hold people criminally responsible. Even though a full public inquiry reported its findings into the crimes in September 2011, its mandate restricted what it could say. The full story, told with the power of a true-crime expose or court-room drama, shows how this was not simply about a few bad men or ‘rotten apples’. It shines a light on all those involved in the crime and its investigation, from the lowest squaddie to the elite of the army and politicians in Cabinet. What it reveals is devastating.
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Tom Bergin is a Reuters journalist who writes about corporate and economic affairs. He is also the author of ‘Spills & Spin: The Inside Story of BP’, a critically-acclaimed history of the British oil major. In March 2013, he was named “Business Journalist of the Year” at the British Press Awards and has also won a Society of American Business Editors and Writers award for explanatory reporting. Tom is a regular contributor on television and radio in the UK and overseas.
How Starbucks avoids UK taxes
Starbucks’s European tax bill disappears down $100 million hole
Vodafone in new 1 billion pounds tax “scandal”
How the UK tax authority got cozy with big business
EBay’s double tax base prompts calls for investigation
Amazon’s billion-dollar tax shield
Tom Bergin on Twitter
Christopher Hitchens was memorialised for his passionate contribution to political writing.
In the name of the Prize Peter Hitchens, himself an Orwell winner presented a Memorial to Carol Blue, Christopher’s widow. Christopher Hitchens, the writer and commentator once described as the heir to Orwell, died last year at the age of 62. His final book Arguably was longlisted for this year’s prize and his memoir Hitch-22 was shortlisted for the 2011 Orwell Prize for Books. His books, journalism and more recently blogs have shaped political writing and thinking for a generation.
Director of The Orwell Prize, Jean Seaton, said: ‘We are especially delighted to welcome Christopher Hitchens’ family and children to the Prize. Ian McEwan wrote of Hitchens that, “His unworldly fluency never deserted him, his commitment was passionate, and he never deserted his trade. He was the consummate writer.” Hitchens carried Orwell’s ambition “to make political writing into an art” forward and made it his own: he crafted a literate politics that helped form a world view.’
Bringing you the story that Scottish journalists seem unable to do.
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Judges of the 2012 Blog Prize, Suzanne Moore, Hopi Sen and Sean Dodson, said; ‘The 2012 Blog Prize showed that not only could blogs comment on current events, they could drive stories forward. Rangers Tax-Case takes what might be a dry topic – the tax affairs of a sports team – and shows how a striving for transitory success has severely distorted sporting, legal and ethical boundaries. Displaying focused contempt for those who evade difficult truths, and beating almost every Scottish football journalist to the real story – Rangers Tax-Case shows how expertise and incisive writing can expose the hypocrisies the powerful use to protect themselves from the consequences of their actions. It is a worthy winner which not only proves that independent blogging is as healthy as it ever was, but also offers a mirror in which our times are reflected.’
What is Rangers’ tax case all about?
Lies, damned lies, and Scottish football journalism
The Other Rangers Tax Case
Alastair Johnston Confirms The RangersTaxCase Truth
Rangers’ Expert Advice
Rangers Knew About Other Tax Bill
Making sense of nonsense
The deceptive Craig Whyte
Credit Where Credit Is Due
Martin Bain, His lawyers, Rangers & Insolvency
Amelia Gentleman writes on social affairs for The Guardian. Previously she was New Delhi correspondent for the International Herald Tribune. Formerly Paris and Moscow correspondent for The Guardian.
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Judges of the 2012 Journalism Prize, Brian Cathcart and Ian Hargreaves said: ‘An early reader of Down and Out in Paris and London praised George Orwell’s “true picture of conditions which most people ignore and ought not to be allowed to ignore”. The 2012 Orwell prize winner for journalism paints just such pictures for our times. Amelia Gentleman’s beautifully crafted examinations of hardship, welfare and justice for the Guardian bring us almost painfully close to subjects that are too often ignored, and they do so with cool, sharp powers of observation.’
Benefit fraud: spies in the welfare war
‘The medical was an absolute joke’
Someone to lean on
Behind the scenes at a school for troubled youngsters
Life in a young offenders’ institution
England riots: the personal cost
Amelia Gentleman on Twitter
Amelia Gentleman on Journalisted
This is the gripping story of the men of the Welsh Guards and their bloody battle for survival in Afghanistan in 2009. Underequipped and overstretched, they found themselves in the most intense fighting the British had experienced in a generation. They were led into battle by Lieutenant Colonel Rupert Thorneloe, a passionate believer in the justness of the war who was deeply dismayed by the way it was being resourced and conducted. Thorneloe was killed by an IED during Operation Panther’s Claw, the biggest operation mounted by the British in Helmand.
Dead Men Risen draws on secret documents written by Thorneloe, which raise questions from beyond the grave that will unnerve politicians and generals alike. The Welsh Guards also lost Major Sean Birchall, commanding officer of IX Company, and Lieutenant Mark Evison, a platoon commander whose candid personal diary was unnervingly prophetic. Not since the Korean War had a single British battalion lost officers at the three key levels of leadership.
Harnden transports the reader into the heart of a conflict in which a soldier has to be prepared to kill and die, to ward off paralysing fear and watch comrades perish in agony. Given unprecedented access to the Welsh Guards, Harnden conducted hundreds of interviews in Afghanistan, England and Wales. He weaves the experiences of the guardsmen and the loved ones they left behind into a seamless and unsparing narrative that sits alongside a piercing analysis of the political and military strategy. No other book about modern warfare succeeds on so many levels.
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Judges of the 2012 Book Prize, Helena Kennedy, Miranda Carter and Sameer Rahim, said; ‘It sometimes seems that we only care about the soldiers fighting in our names when they are killed. Once the platitudes are over we forget about them. Toby Harnden’s remarkable book takes us into the hearts and minds of the Welsh Guards in a way that is both compelling and visceral. It challenges every citizen of this country to examine exactly what we’re asking soldiers to do in Afghanistan. And rather than offering easy answers it lets the soldiers speak for themselves.’
Graeme Archer is a 41 year old, civilly-partnered vegetarian Tory who lives in Hackney & is mildly obsessed with swimming. He writes on the ConservativeHome website, about Tory politics and London life mainly. The biggest influences in his life are the novels of Iris Murdoch. And swimming.
Submitted articles published by the Sunday Times and The Guardian.
Jenni Russell is a writer, commentator and broadcaster. She worked for many years at the BBC and ITN, most recently as editor of The World Tonight on Radio 4. She has written for The Guardian and now writes regularly for the Sunday Times and the Evening Standard.
‘The Rule of Law’ is a phrase much used but little examined. The idea of the rule of law as the foundation of modern states and civilisations has recently become even more talismanic than that of democracy, but what does it actually consist of?
In this brilliant short book, Britain’s former senior law lord, and one of the world’s most acute legal minds, examines what the idea actually means. He makes clear that the rule of law is not an arid legal doctrine but is the foundation of a fair and just society, is a guarantee of responsible government, is an important contribution to economic growth and offers the best means yet devised for securing peace and co-operation. He briefly examines the historical origins of the rule, and then advances eight conditions which capture its essence as understood in western democracies today. He also discusses the strains imposed on the rule of law by the threat and experience of international terrorism.
The book will be influential in many different fields and should become a key text for anyone interested in politics, society and the state of our world.
Tom Bingham died in September 2010.
David Lipsey was awarded a Special Prize in 1997 for his work as ‘Bagehot’ in The Economist, having been highly commended by the judges over the following three years.
David Lipsey was raised to the peerage as Baron Lipsey, of Tooting Bec in the London Borough of Wandsworth 1999 (Labour). He has been a political adviser to Anthony Crosland in Opposition and an adviser to 10 Downing Street. He has worked as a journalist for a variety of different publications including the Sunday Times, Sunday Correspondent, The Times and The Economist. In his spare time he likes to do the following: golf, harness, horse and greyhound racing, opera, walking and cooking.