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Parliamentary Book Awards 2020
The Parliamentary Book Awards were launched by the Booksellers Association and the Publishers Association in  2016 to champion the best of political writing and recognise the important link between politics and the book world. The awards celebrate parliamentary writing across three categories: Best Biography, Memoir, or Autobiography by a Parliamentarian; Best Non-Biographical Book by a Parliamentarian; and Best Political Book by a non-Parliamentarian. Each year, publishers are invited to nominate titles and authors for the awards, with booksellers selecting the shortlists, and parliamentarians vote for the winner in each category. 

                                                                                     

Whilst we’re unable to meet in person at the House of Commons ceremony, we were delighted to hear from our sponsor, Dame Margaret Hodge MP, The BA, the PA and – most importantly – our 2020 Winners. Watch the full Parliamentary Book Awards 2020 winners announcement above. 

Parliamentary Book Awards 2020 winners 

Broadcaster Iain Dale won Best Political Book by a non-Parliamentarian for The Prime Ministers: 55 Leaders, 55 Authors, 300 Years of History, exploring each of the UK’s Prime Ministers, from lesser-known 18th century leaders to key historical figures such as Churchill, Attlee and Thatcher.
 
Chris Bryant MP was awarded Best Non-Fiction Book by a Parliamentarian for The Glamour Boys: The Secret Story of the Rebels who Fought for Britain to Defeat Hitler, a history of the young, queer MPs who argued against appeasement with Nazi Germany in the late 1930s, and faced persecution and threats of exposure from the British government for their work warning the public about Hitler.
 
Dan Jarvis MP received the Best Biography, Memoir or Autobiography by a Parliamentarian award for Long Way Home, reflecting on his time serving in the elite Parachute Regiment, as well as the tragic loss of his wife to cancer, and what these experiences taught him about love, life and death.
 
 
Parliamentary Book Awards 2020 shortlist:
 
Best Biography, Memoir or Autobiography by a Parliamentarian
  • Ernest Bevin; Labour's Churchill by Andrew Adonis (Biteback)
  • Long Way Home: Love, life, death, and everything in between by Dan Jarvis (Little, Brown/Hachette)
  • Ayes & Ears: A Survivor's Guide to Westminster by David Amess (Luath Press)
 
Best Non-Biographical Book by a Parliamentarian
  • The Art of Disruption: A Manifesto For Real Change by Magid Magid (Bonnier)
  • The Glamour Boys: The Secret Story of the Rebels who Fought for Britain to Defeat Hitler by Chris Bryant (Bloomsbury)
  • Tribes: A Search for Belonging in a Divided Society by David Lammy (Constable/Hachette)
 
Best Political Book by a Non-Parliamentarian
  • Fake Law: The Truth About Justice in an Age of Lies by The Secret Barrister (Pan Macmillan/Picador)
  • The Prime Ministers: 55 Leaders, 55 Authors, 300 Years of History by Iain Dale (Hodder/Hachette)
  • Difficult Women, A History of Feminism in 11 Fights by Helen Lewis, (Vintage/PRH)
 
 
Previous Parliamentary Book Awards winners:

2019
  • Best Memoir by a Parliamentarian: This is Our Story: How the Fans Kept Their Hearts Beating, by Ian Murray
  • Best Non-Fiction by a Parliamentarian: Women of Westminster: The MPs who Changed Politics by Rachel Reeves
  • Best Political Book by a non-Parliamentarian: How to be Right: In A World Gone Wrong by James O’Brien
 
2018
  • Best Memoir by a Parliamentarian: The Power of Politicians, by Tessa Jowell and Frances D’Souza
  • Best Non-Fiction by a Parliamentarian: Adam Smith: What He Thought and Why it Matters by Jesse Norman
  • Best Political Book by a non-Parliamentarian: Why We Get the Wrong Politicians by Isabel Hardman
 
2017
  • Best Memoir by a Parliamentarian: A Woman’s Work, by Harriet Harman
  • Best Non-Fiction by a Parliamentarian: How to Stop Brexit (And Make Britain Great Again), by Nick Clegg
  • Best Political Book by a non-Parliamentarian: Jo Cox: More in Common by Brendan Cox
 
2016
  • Best Memoir by a Parliamentarian: The Long Winding Road, by Alan Johnson
  • Best Non-Fiction by a Parliamentarian: Called to Account, by Margaret Hodge
  • Best Fiction by a Parliamentarian: Now is the Time, by Melvyn Bragg
  • Best Political Book by a non-Parliamentarian: Citizen Clem by John Bew