Nick Clegg’s book bags top prize in Parliamentary Book Awards

Written by Dods staff on 5 December 2017 in Culture

The former Lib Dem leader took Best Non-Fiction by a Parliamentarian.

Nick Clegg and Harriet Harman have been announced as the big winners of the second Parliamentary Book Awards.

Clegg won Best Non-Fiction by a Parliamentarian for How to Stop Brexit (And Make Britain Great Again) in which the former deputy prime minister explains how the "historic mistake" of voting to leave the European Union can be reversed. 

"The book offers readers of every political allegiance non-partisan ways to pull together in response to the greatest crisis in a generation and prevent disaster," stated publisher the Bodley Head earlier this year.

It was lapped up by anti-Brexit campaigners and described by one pro-European reviewer "as the campaigning guide that all Remainers have been waiting for".

But in a review for the Financial Times, Vernon Bogdanor was less impressed. He wrote: "Clegg’s proposals for reversing Brexit are unexceptionable. Remainers, he says, should join political parties, campaign in voluntary organisations and trade unions, and write letters to party leaders. All this is harmless stuff but unlikely to achieve much."

Harman was awarded Best Memoir by a Parliamentarian for A Woman’s Work. Her book has been given the thumbs up by reviewers including The Guardian’s Gaby Hinsliff.

"If I had a teenage daughter, especially one who didn’t see the point of politics, this is the book I’d buy her. Chatty, accessible and occasionally eye opening, it’s a history of the things conventional political memoirs miss out – written by someone who built a career on things conventional politicians missed out," wrote Hinsliff.

Meanwhile,  Brendan Cox took home Best Political Book by a Non-Parliamentarian for Jo Cox: More in Common.

Launched by the Booksellers Association and the Publishers Association in 2016, the awards aim “to celebrate the best of political writing and the long-standing link between politics, books and publishing”. The shortlist was voted for by UK bookshops, with parliamentarians voting on the winner in each category.

Last year, Margaret Hodge won Non-Best Fiction by a Parliamentarian and Alan Johnson took Best Memoir by a Parliamentarian. Best Political Book by a non-Parliamentarian was Citizen Clem by Clement Attlee.




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