Award Winning Books



Catalogue Links – please select the book you would like to borrow from the list below:

This Boy – Alan Johnson

The New Threat from Islamic Militancy – Jason Burke

Private Island – James Meek

Keeper – Andrea Gillies

Jennie Lee a life – Patricia Hollis

Having it So Good – Peter Hennessy

Dead Men Risen – Toby Harnden

A Very British Killing – A. T. Williams


As part of this blog, we like to introduce you to new and exciting fields of literature, so we thought where better to start than with the award winners?

So we are going to run a regular feature on different awards, introducing you to what it is all about and recommending some of the award winners and those shortlisted. Many of the prize winners might be completely different from your usual book of choice, but at the end of the day that is what this blog is about, inspiring and exciting us to try new books – to me there is simply nothing better than being blown away by something unexpected – you never know until you try it.

First to be featured is The Orwell Prize.  The Orwell Prize, which was the brainchild of the late Professor Sir Bernard Crick, is Britain’s most prestigious prize for political writing.  Prizes are awarded annually for the work which comes closest to George Orwell’s ambition ‘to make political writing into an art’.  The aim of the prize, which was set up in the early 1990s, was to ‘encourage writing in good English…of a kind aimed at, or accessible to the reading public, not to specialised or academic audiences.’ The prize has grown year after year, both in domestic and international fields.

It has also developed to address the changing political landscape, whilst remaining true to Orwell’s ambitions and preserving his legacy.

Dawn (The Reader Development Team)



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