Political writing award for Bennett

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.

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