An unexpected honour

Fishing in Utopia, already entered for the Oondatje Prize, has just to my astonishment been long-listed for the Orwell prize for political writing. Given that the other candidates include Patrick Cockburn, Ahmed Rashid, Phillipe Sands and Tony Judt I don’t think for a moment that I am going to win. But it would be lovely to make the shortlist, and in any case, even the longlist is a completely unexpected treat.

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6 Responses to An unexpected honour

  1. Gunnar says:

    Excellent news, congratulations! But don’t you think somehow, somewhere, Sweden herself will eventually invoice you for some reflected glory here? I do. There’s no such things as a gratislunch – cheap, yes, but gratis no.

  2. Sean says:

    Very good news. And you must be a hot favourite for the Oondatje, I’d have thought – I cannot believe there were many other books that captured the spirit of a place quite so wonderfully last year. Mid-May seems like a good time to go fishing and celebrate or commiserate…

  3. Martin Parkinson says:

    .. on Friday I scoured the bookshops of Bristol for a copy of FIU and couldn’t find one. Anecdotal evidence that it has sold quite well? (or “well” for a “serious” book, at any rate)

  4. Jorun says:

    Grattis!

    I just posted a few snowy winter shots on the blog. I’m leaving for Lux tomorrow but expect things to be more or less the same when I come back in five weeks time.

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