8 January 2015
Bodleian Library author and curator, Mike Webb, has been shortlisted for his book From Downing Street to the Trenches for the World War One Book of the Year in the Paddy Power Political Book Awards 2015.
Of all the books published on the First World War, From Downing Street to the Trenches is perhaps unique in that it tells the story of the war not from the perspective of history, but as it unfolded daily, through the letters, diaries and personal accounts of those who lived through the war – most of which have never been published before. Drawing on the unparalleled archives of the Bodleian Library, Oxford, the accounts in this book – from politicians, civilians and soldiers – provide alternative perspectives, and convey what it was really like to experience the first two years of war.
The Paddy Power Political Book Awards in association with Politicos.co.uk recognises the very best in political writing and publishing. The Best Book on World War One was introduced as a new category this year to commemorate the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War. Winners for this award will be chosen by judges Lord Ashcroft, Keith Simpson, Nigel West and Mick Smith. View the full shortlist.
The winner of the World War One Book of the Year Award, chosen from the six shortlisted titles, will be announced at the awards ceremony, hosted by impressionist Rory Bremner, on Wednesday 28 January.