Roehampton Student Shortlisted for Prestigious Writing Prize

A book written by Daniel Taylor, a Political Philosophy Doctoral student, has been shortlisted for the prestigious Orwell Prize.

Posted: 26 May 2017

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Daniel Taylor in Edinburgh

Daniel Taylor, a Doctoral student in the Department of Humanities wrote his book Island Story: Journeys Through Unfamiliar Britain after spending four months travelling around the UK on a bicycle.

The book, which has been shortlisted for the prestigious Orwell Prize for best political writing, details Taylor's tour of the UK and examines how people around the country feel about the community they live in, and how they'd like to live.

Taylor, whose research area is Spinoza and democracy, said that he started the journey because he 'was interested in questions of democracy in this day and age – London is an echo chamber and I wanted to find opinions from the rest of the country'. He blogged as he travelled, and through the blog he met people who wanted to be involved with his project, offering both their homes and thoughts.

The Orwell Prize is Britain's most prestigious prize for political writing, and every year awards work which comes closest to George Orwell's ambition 'to make political writing into an art'. Previous winners include Alan Johnson and James Meek.

Dr Nina Power, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Humanities said 'Daniel's book offers original insight into the political state of the UK at present. His achievement is a reflection of the quality and relevancy of research at Roehampton. '

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