The Votes Are In! Charles Moore Wins Political Book Of The Year

Posted on March 19, 2014 by mathew. More news

Margaret Thatcher: The Authorized Biography by Charles Moore, published by Allen Lane, won the Political Book of the Year tonight at the Paddy Power Political Book Awards. The glittering ceremony, which was hosted by author and broadcaster Gyles Brandreth and held at the BFI IMAX, was attended by a select audience of authors, publishers and politicians. A cheque for £10,000  was donated and presented to the winning author by Lord Ashcroft KCMG PC. The book was up against fierce competition in a  category which included This Boy by Alan Johnson (Bantam Press), Empire of the Deep by Ben Wilson (Weidenfeld & Nicolson), I Am  Malala by Malala Yousafzai (Weidenfeld & Nicolson), Power Trip by Damian McBride (Biteback Publishing) and Perilous Question by  Antonia Fraser (Weidenfeld & Nicolson). However, in spite of all the impressive entrants on the shortlist, the judges for this category, Lord Ashcroft, Professor Mary Beard, Chris Bryant MP, Keith Simpson MP, broadcaster Carolyn Quinn, and journalist and author Peter Riddell, reached a unanimous decision when they met to choose the winner. Judge Mary Beard said of the winning book: ‘This is an elegant and sometimes witty book; it is the kind of authoritative study that people will be referring to for decades – or even longer.’

Simon Sebag Montefiore’s novel One Night in Winter (Century) won Political Fiction Book of the Year. The award was presented  by Patrick Kennedy, CEO of headline award sponsor Paddy Power. He commented: ‘Paddy Power has always believed that politics is entertaining and a fantastic backdrop for story-telling. So I was delighted to present the award for political fiction to Simon Sebag Montefiore’s page-turner. The competition gets stronger every year and One Night in Winter is a worthy winner.’

There was fierce competition for the Political Biography of the Year, which was sponsored by Total Politics. The shortlist included A Blaze of Autumn Sunshine by Tony Benn (Hutchinson), Disraeli by Douglas Hurd and Edward Young (Weidenfeld & Nicolson), Edmund Burke by Jesse Norman (William Collins), Strictly Ann by Ann Widdecombe (Weidenfeld & Nicolson) and Margaret Thatcher  by Jonathan Aitken (Bloomsbury Continuum). The award was won by The Pike by Lucy Hughes-Hallett (Fourth Estate). The award  was presented by Dame Ann Leslie.

The Debut Political Book of the Year was won by Iain Martin, author of Making It Happen (Simon & Schuster). Charles Clarke presented the winner with a cheque for £3,000, also donated by Lord Ashcroft.

Winner of the Political History Book of the Year, in association with News UK, was Richard Davenport-Hines for his book An English Affair (Harper Press). Victoria Newton, Editor of the Sun on Sunday, presented the award.

Damian Barr’s book Maggie & Me (Bloomsbury Publishing) won the Political Humour and Satire Book of the Year, which was sponsored by The InterContinental London Westminster. The award was presented by actress Stella Gonet, who plays Margaret Thatcher in the play Handbagged, a short excerpt of which was performed during the awards.

Former Dragon Hilary Devey presented the award for Polemic of the Year to Daniel Hannan for his book How We Invented Freedom  and Why It Matters (Head of Zeus).

Practical Politics Book of the Year was won by Anthony King and Ivor Crewe for The Blunders of Our Governments (Oneworld Publications), which was presented by the Speaker, John Bercow.

Shami Chakrabarti, Director of Liberty, presented the award for International Affairs Book of the Year to Margaret MacMillan for her book The War That Ended Peace (Profile Books).

The award for Lifetime Achievement was presented to Lord Dobbs, former Deputy Chairman of the Conservative Party and bestselling author of the House of Cards trilogy, which has been made into a hit TV series both in the UK and, more recently, in the US, starring Kevin Spacey. Lord Dobbs is also well known for his series of Winston Churchill novels, Harry Jones thrillers and Tom Goodfellowe novels. The award was presented on screen by the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson.

Iain Dale, founder of the awards, said, ‘These awards celebrate the fantastic breadth of political writing in the UK today, and I hope that they will encourage more people to both read and write political literature.’

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