Vanora Bennett of The Timeshas won the journalism category of the Orwell Prize Awards 2003 for political writing.
Bennett, who picked up her award at the British Academy said: “I didn’t really expect to win. When I looked at the shortlist and saw all these great people – I was the only woman on the list.”
Bennett received a cheque for £1,000, as did Robert Cooper, author of The Breaking of Nations: Order and Chaos in the Twenty – First Century, and winner of the books category.
Margaret Drabble, who judged the awards with Andrew Motion and Sir Bernard Crick said: “Vanora Bennett’s journalism was chosen for its lively and human engagement with an unusual range of subjects, including Russian caviar and Chechen freedom fighters.”
A third award was also announced at the British Academy. It was made to the family of the late Hugo Young for his book Supping with the devils: Political Journalism.