Q&A with Colum McCann

The Orwell Prizes for Political Writing and Political Fiction shortlists, released last month, highlight the finest politically engaged books published in 2020. Throughout June, we will be sharing Q+As with the shortlisted writers from both lists, here on our blog. To see the lists, visit our website here. Today,…

Q&A with Joshua Yaffa

The Orwell Prizes for Political Writing and Political Fiction shortlists, released last month, highlight the finest politically engaged books published in 2020. Throughout June, we will be sharing Q+As with the shortlisted writers from both lists, here on our blog. To see the lists, visit our website here. Today…

Q&A with Abdulrazak Gurnah

The Orwell Prizes for Political Writing and Political Fiction 2021 shortlists, released last month, highlight the finest politically engaged books published in 2020. Throughout June, we will be sharing Q+As with the shortlisted writers from both lists, here on our blog. To see the lists, visit our website here.…

Q&A with James Rebanks

The Orwell Prizes for Political Writing and Political Fiction shortlists, released last month, highlight the finest politically engaged books published in 2020. Throughout June, we will be sharing Q+As with the shortlisted writers from both lists, here on our blog. To see the lists, visit our website here. Today…

Introduction to 'Some Thoughts on the Common Toad' - D. J. Taylor

George Orwell’s “Some Thoughts on the Common Toad” was first published 75 years ago in Tribune, on 12 April 1946. A special edition was produced by The Orwell Foundation to celebrate this year's Orwell Prize longlists. D. J. Taylor has generously allowed us to republish the introduction below, where…

The People's Podium - Manal Nadeem

The town sleeps. The streets snooze. The lampposts flicker out one by one, heralding the arrival of morning. In the distance, a cycle approaches. The metallic chime of its bell slices through the crisp cold air. Its wheels rotate rhythmically. The rider atop the cycle rounds a corner now. He…