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Christopher Hitchens named on Orwell Prize shortlist

27th April 2011

Christopher Hitchens and former law lord Tom Bingham are among those who made it onto the shortlist for the Orwell Prize.

The winner of the accolade, which rewards outstanding political writing, will be announced on May 17th.

In addition to Hitchens' Hitch-22 and Bingham's The Rule of Law, the six shortlisted books, which were whittled down from 213 entries, include Oliver Bullough's Let Our Fame Be Great: Journeys Among the Defiant People of the Caucasus, Helen Dunmore's novel The Betrayal, Afsaneh Moqadam's Death to the Dictator! and Supermac: The life of Harold Macmillan by D.R. Thorpe.

Commenting on the contenders, Orwell Prize director Jean Seaton, said: 'There is a recurrent theme in this year's books, and it is very Orwellian: fear.

'For the first time we have had to seek to preserve the anonymity of an author, Afsaneh Moqadam on Iran, and from Dunmore's gripping novel about life in Stalin's Russia to Oliver Bullough on a previously unknown genocide, the horror of authoritarian power is displayed.'

The Orwell prize was first given out in 1993 and past winners include Fishing in Utopia: Sweden & The Future That Disappeared by Andrew Brown and The Case of Stephen Lawrence by Brian Cathcart.
 

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