HoZ are excited to announce that two titles from our extensive non-fiction list have been nominated for The Paddy Power Political Book Awards, which seek to recognise the very best in political writing and publishing.

Faisal Islam’s hard-hitting exposé of the current economic crisis, The Default Line, is up for Debut Political Book of the Year, an award which celebrates new talent in the field of political writing.

Faisal Islam exposed the Icelandic banking crisis and witnessed the Lehman Bros crash first hand as economics editor for Channel 4.  The Default Line tells the inside story of people, banks and entire nations on the edge. Vivid anecdotes, high-level exclusive interviews and trenchant economic analysis, The Default Line is an immensely accessible way of understanding the economic shape of the contemporary world.

Daniel Hannan’s How We Invented Freedom & Why It Matters is nominated for Polemic of the Year, an award for the most persuasive and original argument on a politically-charged topic.

Freedom is the central concept in Western history and political thought, but where does it stem from? In How We Invented Freedom & Why It Matters, political blogger Daniel Hannan explains how it is a uniquely British invention. From the inhabitants of a damp island on the western tip of the Eurasian landmass to contemporary Britain today, Hannan traces the extraordinary idea of freedom and celebrates its legacy throughout the Western world.


Winners will be announced on 19 March 2014 at a ceremony in London. For more information and news, check out @PolBookAwards.