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Dead Men Risen longlisted for the Orwell Prize

Dead Men Risen has been longlisted for the Orwell Prize, Britain's most prestigious award for political writing. It is one of 18 books chosen from 264 entries. These will be wittled down to a shortlist of six on April 24th, the night of the Orwell debate.

According to the Telegraph's Sameer Rahim, one of the three judges, along with Miranda Carter and Dame Helena Kennedy, the longlist is led by Arguably by my late friend Christopher Hitchens. This is very fine company to be in. The last time I met Christopher, he signed my copy of his Hitch-22 (shortlisted last year), I signed his copy of Dead Men Risen and we spent a happy evening drinking in his apartment and discussing both books, amongst many other things.