Financial Times Announces a Shortlist in the £30,000 Business Book of the Year Award

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The United Kingdom-based business book competition is in its 18th year. Its shortlist deals with economics, business, and politics.

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Winner To Be Announced December 5
Now in its 18th year, the UK-based Business Book of the Year Award‘s shortlist features six titles, per the announcement from the Financial Times–this year seemingly without the McKinsey participation it had last year.

Carrying a purse of £30,000 (US$32,039) for its winner, it also hands the remaining shortlistees £10,000 (US$10,680). The award is in its 18th year. Perhaps by December 5, when the sinner is announced at an event hosted by Financial Times editor Roula Khalef, the pound will have regained a better footing in the currency markets than it has at the moment, a story with which the Financial Times is, of course, quite busy.

The selection of a winner is meant to honor “a book which provides the most compelling and enjoyable insight into modern business issues.”

Jurors chaired by Khalef this time are:

  • Mimi Alemayehou, Mastercard
  • Mitchell Baker, Mozilla Foundation
  • Mohamed El-Erian, Queens’ College, Cambridge University
  • Herminia Ibarra, London Business School
  • James Kondo, International House of Japan
  • Randall Kroszner, University of Chicago
  • Shriti Vadera, Prudential Plc and Royal Shakespeare Company
Business Book of the Year 2022 Shortlist

Title Author(s) Publisher
Dead in the Water: Murder and Fraud in the World’s Most Secretive Industry Matthew Campbell, Kit Chellel Atlantic Books (UK), Penguin Random House/Portfolio (USA)
Influence Empire: The Story of Tencent and China’s Tech Ambition Lulu Chen Hachette/Hodder & Stoughton (UK and USA)
The Rise and Fall of the Neoliberal Order: America and the World in the Free Market Era Gary Gerstle Oxford University Press (UK and USA)
The Power Law: Venture Capital and the Art of Disruption Sebastian Mallaby, Penguin Random House/Allen Lane (UK), Penguin Press (USA)
Chip War: The Fight for the World’s Most Critical Technology Chris Miller Simon & Schuster (UK), Simon & Schuster (USA)
Disorder: Hard Times in the 21st Century Helen Thompson Oxford University Press (UK and USA)

Previous winners of the award:

  • Nicole Perlroth for This Is How They Tell Me the World Ends: The Cyberweapons Arms Race (2021)
  • Sarah Frier for No Filter: The Inside Story of How Instagram Transformed Business, Celebrity and Our Culture (2020)
  • Caroline Criado Perez for Invisible Women: Exposing Data Bias in a World Designed for Men (2019)
  • John Carreyrou for Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup (2018)
  • Amy Goldstein for Janesville: An American Story (2017)
  • Sebastian Mallaby for The Man Who Knew: The Life and Times of Alan Greenspan (2016)
  • Martin Ford for Rise of the Robots (2015)
  • Thomas Piketty for Capital in the Twenty-First Century (2014)
  • Brad Stone for The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon (2013)
  • Steve Coll for Private Empire: ExxonMobil and American Power (2012)
  • Abhijit V. Banerjee and Esther Duflo for Poor Economics (2011)
  • Raghuram Rajan for Fault Lines (2010)
  • Liaquat Ahamed for The Lords of Finance (2009)
  • Mohamed El-Erian for When Markets Collide (2008)
  • William D. Cohan for The Last Tycoons (2007)
  • James Kynge for China Shakes the World (2006)
  • Thomas Friedman for The World is Flat (2005)

This is Publishing Perspectives’ 170th awards report published in the 178 days since our 2022 operations began on January 3.


More from Publishing Perspectives on awards programs in books and the publishing industry is here. More on business books is here, more on the United Kingdom’s market is here, and more on the United States’ market is here.

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Porter Anderson is a non-resident fellow of Trends Research & Advisory, and he has been named International Trade Press Journalist of the Year in London Book Fair's International Excellence Awards. He is Editor-in-Chief of Publishing Perspectives. He formerly was Associate Editor for The FutureBook at London's The Bookseller. Anderson was for more than a decade a senior producer and anchor with CNN.com, CNN International, and CNN USA. As an arts critic (National Critics Institute), he was with The Village Voice, the Dallas Times Herald, and the Tampa Tribune, now the Tampa Bay Times. He co-founded The Hot Sheet, a newsletter for authors, which now is owned and operated by Jane Friedman.

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