Announcing the Longlist for This Year’s Moore Prize for Human Rights Writing
The Christopher G. Moore Foundation is delighted to announce an exciting longlist of 13 books that are outstanding in their portrayal of human rights themes. The trustees of the Foundation were thrilled with the exceptional quality and record quantity of books submitted this year. Each longlisted book has been chosen because of its ambitious, brave and original approach to highlighting crucial human rights issues across the world and because of the high quality of its writing.
The 2022 Longlist books are as follows (alphabetical by author surname):
Susie Alegre – Freedom To Think – Atlantic Books, London
Monbiant Dogon with Jenna Krajeski – Those We Throw Away Are Diamonds – Penguin Press, New York
Janine di Giovanni – The Vanishing – Bloomsbury
Sarah Dryden-Peterson – Right Where We Belong – Harvard University Press
Thomas Harding – White Debt – Weidenfeld & Nicolson
Sally Hayden – My Fourth Time, We Drowned – 4th Estate, London
Christina Lamb – The Prince Rupert Hotel for the Homeless – William Collins
Dr Denis Mukwege – The Power of Women – Short Books, Octopus Publishing
Eyal Press – Dirty Work – Head of Zeus
Gideon Rachman – The Age of the Strongman – Bodley Head
Robert Samuels and Toluse Ologunnipa – His Name Is George Floyd – Penguin Random House
Nury Turkel – No Escape - William Collins
Barbara F. Walter – How Civil Wars Start and How to Stop Them – Viking
This year’s longlisted books cover a wide range of human rights issues: freedom of thought and speech; refugee education; homelessness and isolation; marginalization and discrimination related to work, race, gender or religion; migrant issues; the Uyghurs of China; the roots of racism; war; the BLM movement; dictatorships and women’s health and marginalization in developing countries. The books span a range of global settings, as well as the world of digital communications, health care and working and living environments.
Foundation founder Christopher G. Moore says: “This year around 50 books were submitted from publishers across the world. Our hope is this longlist of books will bring attention to the conditions and circumstances of the most vulnerable members of the international community. The common thread is the danger of what happens when basic human rights protections are violated. Over the next several months, we will be tweeting about the 13 longlisted books and encourage you to read them along with our panel of distinguished judges. We will look forward to your comments on the selected books.”
Please follow our discussion of the longlist titles on Twitter: @cgmoorefoundat1
The Moore Prize was established in 2015 to provide funds to authors who, through their work, contribute to the universality of human rights and to give a platform to human rights issues that are important in today’s societies. This unique initiative is awarded annually, as chosen by a panel of judges whose own work focuses on human rights.
The 2022 Moore Prize jury is comprised of Jury Chair Bidisha Mamata, British author and broadcaster; Avril Benoît, Executive Director, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières and Ethiopian writer, blogger and human rights activist Befekadu Hailu Techane.
The shortlist will be announced on Monday, 10 December, 2022 and the winning book on Wednesday, 11 January, 2023. The winner of the prize will receive £1,000.