Marie Colvin Nominated For Posthumous George Orwell Prize For Political Writing

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The late journalist Marie Colvin has been nominated for this year’s Orwell prize for political writing, the BBC reports. 210 nominations were made and from those, seven books were shortlisted. Among them is Marie Colvin’s book that was published two months after she was killed in the besieged Syrian city of Homs. On The Front Line was published in April of last year.

The prize is awarded to a book that the judges feels comes closest to Orwell’s ambition to “make political writing into an art.” Jean Seaton, the director of the prize, said that the judges were looking for writing that was “measured and calm not simply angry.” She added “This year's judges started from Orwell's injunction, 'My starting point is always a feeling of partisanship, a sense of injustice.” Colvin, originally from New York, was a well-respected foreign correspondent for the UK newspaper The Sunday Times. She had been based in London for many years. Amongst the other authors to make the list are Raja Shehadeh, the Bishop of Edinburgh, Richard Holloway, for Leaving Alexandria, his memoir Indian novelist Pankaj Mishra's From the Ruins of the Empire and British lawyer Clive Stafford Smith's Injustice.

On the judging panel are Baroness Joan Bakewell, Nikita Lalwani and the assistant books editor of The Independent, Arifa Akbar. 

 


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