Boyd Tonkin, chair of the judges for the 2023 Orwell Prize for Political Fiction, is a British journalist, editor and writer. He was awarded the Royal Society of Literature’s Benson Medal in 2020 for outstanding service to literature over the course of a career. As literary editor of the Independent, he revived the newspaper’s prize for foreign fiction, which was eventually merged with the International Booker Prize. He currently writes on books and arts for international media including the Economist, Financial Times, Wall Street Journal, Times Literary Supplement and UnHerd.
Books by Boyd Tonkin
Interviews with Boyd Tonkin
The Orwell Prizes are the UK’s most prestigious prizes for writing about politics, awarded annually to books and articles that best meet George Orwell’s own ambition “to make political writing into an art.” Boyd Tonkin, chair of this year’s judges, talks us through the books shortlisted for the 2023 Orwell Prize for Political Fiction.