In London: Fêting the New Parliamentary Book Award Winners

In News by Porter Anderson

The eighth cycle of the UK’s Parliamentary Book Awards names the program’s three winners in a reception at the Houses of Parliament.

The three winning books’ covers, displayed at the 2023 Parliamentary Book Awards winners’ ceremony at the Houses of Parliament on the evening of February 6, 2024. Image: PA

By Porter Anderson, Editor-in-Chief | @Porter_Anderson

Norman, Finkelstein, and Chorley Win the 2023 Awards
Overnight in London, the winners of the United Kingdom’s Publishers Association‘s and Booksellers Association‘s Parliamentary Book Awards were named and fêted at the Houses of Parliament in Westminster.

As Publishing Perspectives readers know, the Parliamentary Book Awards are said to be the  only political book awards curated by bookstores and voted for by parliamentarians. Previous winners include the Baroness Floella Benjamin; Michael Ashcroft; Mark Carney; Penny Mordaunt, MP; Andrew Mitchell, MP; Harriet Harman, MP; Nick Clegg; the Baroness Jowell; Iain Dale; and James O’Brien.

You’ll recall that this is one of the programs that names its winners as dated for the previous year. So these are the 2023 winners of the honor.

In the three categories of this program, the winners are:

‘Insightful and Exceptional Books’

Dame Margaret Hodge, MP, a host for the awards evening, speaks with guests at the Houses of Parliament during the Parliamentary Book Awards reception. Image: PA

In commentary made during the event last evening, Meryl Halls, managing director of the Booksellers Association, referred to the gratifying range of books in this year’s trio of winners.

“Topics covered by the winning titles include the battle for power, personal experiences during the Second World War, and insider knowledge about how politics actually happens. Big congratulations to both the winning and the shortlisted writers for their insightful and exceptional books.”

And Dan Conway, the Publishers Association CEO, said, “Congratulations to this year’s well-deserved winners. “These books show the extent of the quality political writing we have here in the UK─a genre which will only become more pertinent as we settle into an election year. We were delighted to welcome parliamentarians, authors, publishers, and booksellers to the Houses of Parliament to celebrate these important works and the longstanding link between publishing and politics.”

Shortlists for the 2023 Awards Cycle

Nonfiction or Fiction by a Parliamentarian

Memoir or Autobiography by a Parliamentarian

Political Book by a Non-Parliamentarian

A Programming Note


From left are Glenn Rollans; Maria A. Pallante; Dan Conway; and Nicola Solomon

At London Book Fair (March 12 to 14), the Publishers Association’s Dan Conway will join Publishing Perspectives for Copyright and AI: A Global Discussion of Machines, Humans, and the La part of the trade fair’s scheduled Main Stage series of events.

The session is scheduled for 3:15 to 4 p.m. on the fair’s opening day, March 12, on the Main Stage. In looking at the implications of AI for copyright law and policy, our speakers will delve into the legal and ethical dimensions across different continents, while also navigating the inherent complexities of regulating this new technology.

  • Maria A. Pallante, president and CEO, Association of American Publishers (AAP)
  • Glenn Rollans, former president, Association of Canadian Publishers (ACP) and president and publisher of Brush Education
  • Nicola Solomon, CEO, Society of Authors (SoA)
  • Dan Conway, Publishers Association (PA)

We hope you’ll join us for this timely evaluation of the issues.

Publishers Association CEO Dan Conway talks with guests at the 2023 Parliamentary Book Awards winners’ event at the House of Lords. Image: Publishers Association

More from Publishing Perspectives on publishing and book awards is here, more from us on the United Kingdom’s book market is here, more on the Publishers Association is here, more on nonfiction is here, and more on political books is here.

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Porter Anderson 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 International, and CNN USA. As an arts critic (Fellow, 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.