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The Orwell Prize Longlist Conversations: Conspiracy and Truth

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2021-05-17 20:00
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Join us for a compelling evening in the company of Anne ApplebaumSarah Churchwell and Richard J. Evans as they discuss their Orwell Prize longlisted work.

This event brings together three of the finest writers about truth working today. Anne Applebaum and Richard Evans are both longlisted for the Orwell Prize for Political Writing 2021: Applebaum for her book Twilight of Democracy and Richard J. Evans for his book The Hitler Conspiracies. Sarah Churchwell is longlisted for the Orwell Prize for Journalism for her essays on American politics in 2020. The event will be hosted by chair of judges of the Orwell Prize for Political Writing 2021, Anand Menon.

The Orwell Prize longlists feature the finest political writing across non-fiction, fiction and journalism from the last year: work that the judging panels believe best fulfils Orwell's state ambition "to make political writing into an art." Throughout the spring of 2021, the Orwell Foundation will be celebrating this writing in several ways, including a series of online events in association with independent bookshops across the UK. These will spotlight some of the major themes arising from the longlists, and will feature writers from different lists being brought together to discuss their work. Click here to find out more about The Orwell Prize.


Anne Applebaum is a staff writer for The Atlantic and a Senior Fellow of the Agora Institute at Johns Hopkins University. Her previous books include Iron Curtain, winner of the Cundill Prize and a finalist for the National Book Award, and Gulag, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Non-fiction and a finalist for three other major prizes. She lives in Poland with her husband, Radek Sikorski, a Polish politician, and their two children.

Sarah Churchwell is Professor of American Literature and Chair of Public Understanding of the Humanities at the School of Advanced Study, University of London and a regular contributor to newspapers including the Guardian, New Statesman, Financial Times, Times Literary Supplement and New York Times Book Review. Her most recent book is Behold, America: A History of America First and the American Dream (2018).

Richard J. Evans is the author of a number of major books, including In Defence of HistoryThe Coming of the Third ReichThe Third Reich in PowerThe Third Reich at War and The Pursuit of Power. His most recent book is the biography of Eric Hobsbawm. From 2008 to 2014 he was Regius Professor of History at Cambridge, where he also led a five-year Leverhulme research programme on conspiracy theories and their impact on democracy. He was knighted in 2012 for services to scholarship.

Join us for what is sure to be a fascinating evening.

The event will be recorded and made available to ticketholders only following the event for a limited period of time.

Monday 17 May
8.00 pm | via Zoom
Tickets: £5.00 per household - includes a discount on book purchases


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