The Christopher G. Moore Foundation is delighted to announce an exciting long list of 14 books that are outstanding in their portrayal of a wide range of human rights themes. The trustees of the Foundation were impressed with the record number of books submitted this year. Each long listed book has been chosen because of its fine quality of writing and ambitious, brave and original approach to highlighting crucial human rights issues across the world.
The 2023 long list titles are as follows (alphabetical by author surname):
Masters of the Lost Land – The Untold Story of the Fight to Own the Amazon by Heriberto Araujo
Belly Woman – Birth, Blood and Ebola: The Untold Story by Benjamin Black
Ghosts of the Orphanage – A Story of Mysterious Deaths, a Conspiracy of Silence and a Search for Justice by Christine Kenneally
The Palestine Laboratory – How Israel Exports the Technology of Occupation Around the World by Antony Loewenstein
What Have You Left Behind – Voices from a Forgotten War by Bushra al-Maqtari; Translation by Sawad Hussain
165 Days – Prisoner of the Taliban by Asad Qureshi
How to Stand Up to a Dictator – The Fight for Our Future by Maria Ressa
You Don’t Know What War Is – The Diary of a Young Girl from Ukraine by Yeva Skalietska
The Great Escape – A True Story of Forced Labour and Immigrant Dreams in America by Saket Soni
Breakup – A Reporter’s Marriage Amid a Central African War by Anjan Sundaram
Killer in the Kremlin – The Explosive Account of Putin’s Reign of Terror by John Sweeney
Nomad Century – How to Survive the Climate Upheaval by Gaia Vince
These books span the broadest range of geography since the prize was founded, including Afghanistan, Brazil, Central Africa, Israel, Myanmar, Pakistan, Palestine, the Philippines, Indonesia, Sierra Leone, Ukraine, United States and Yemen. They address a wide variety of vital human rights issues: Rohingyas in exile, war in Ukraine, freedom of expression, forced labour, climate change and migration, the technology of occupation, women’s health care discrimination, institutional child abuse and the role of dictators in oppression across the globe.
From Christopher G. Moore, Founder of the Moore Prize: “The Foundation has received 65 books on human rights issues, featuring diverse voices from around the world, ranging from a 12-year-old in Ukraine to a Nobel Prize winner in the Philippines. The collection covers past, present and future perspectives on human rights, exploring a variety of issues that have repercussions across our societies. These thought-provoking books amplify often unheard voices, fostering a more inclusive and informed global dialogue on human rights.”
The Moore Prize was established in 2015 to recognise authors who, through their work, contribute to the universality of human rights and to give a platform to human rights issues that deserve greater attention across the world. This unique initiative is awarded annually, as chosen by a panel of judges whose own work focuses on human rights.
The shortlist will be announced on Wednesday, 15 November, 2023. The winner will be announced on Wednesday, 10 January, 2024. The winner of the prize will receive £1,000.