Short lists

Stafford Smith Bad

Bad Men: Guantanamo Bay and the Secret Prisons
Clive Stafford Smith

Weidenfeld & Nicolson

Explosively personal account by a British lawyer who defends Death Row prisoners and Guantanamo Bay detainees. Clive Stafford Smith is the 46-year-old human-rights lawyer who has famously – some would say notoriously

Shehadeh Palestinian

Palestinian Walks: Notes on a Vanishing Landscape
Raja Shehadeh

Profile Books

Palestine is a land of biblical beauty – of olive groves, grapevines, stone buildings, rolling hills, wadis and cliffs.  It is also a land of violence and war. Human rights lawyer and

Husain Islamist

The Islamist: Why I Joined Radical Islam in Britain, What I Saw Inside and Why I Left
Ed Husain


When I was sixteen I became an Islamic fundamentalist.  Five years later, after much emotional turmoil, I rejected fundamentalist teachings and returned to normal life and my family. I tried to put

Lewycka Caravans

Two Caravans
Marina Lewycka

Fig Tree

A field of strawberries in Kent… And sitting in it two caravans – one for the men and one for the women. The residents are from all over: miner’s son Andriy is

Cohen Left

What’s Left? How The Left Lost Its Way
Nick Cohen

Harper Perennial

From the much-loved, witty and excoriating voice of journalist Nick Cohen, a powerful and irreverent dissection of the agonies, idiocies and compromises of mainstream liberal thought. Nick Cohen comes from the Left.

Griffiths Wild

Wild: An Elemental Journey
Jay Griffiths

Hamish Hamilton

‘I took seven years over this work, spent all I had, my time, money and energy. Part of the journey was a green riot and part a deathly bleakness. I got ill,

Hague Wilberforce

William Wilberforce: The Life of the Great Anti-Slave Trade Campaigner
William Hague MP

Harper Press

William Hague has written the life of William Wilberforce who was both a staunch conservative and a tireless campaigner against the slave trade. Hague shows how Wilberforce, after his agonising conversion to