I am delighted to report that Dead Men Risen is now in the last six of the Orwell Prize. The shortlist was wittled down from the longlist of 18. The winner will be chosen on May 23rd - I'll be heading over to London for the dinner and awards ceremony. Here is the list. And here are the books:
There is a rundown of the books from the three judges here with some warm words for Dead Men Risen:
At first sight a blood and thrills account of the Welsh Guards’ six-month tour of Helmand Province in Afghanistan in 2009, Toby Harnden’s book is far more than this: an intimate and unflinching portrait of soldiers under fire; a description of the strange and special character and history of the Welsh Guards and its roots in working class Wales’; and most of all an unsparing indictment of British military policy in Afghanistan. A great achievement.