You Can’t Read This Book by Nick Cohen won the Polemic of the Year Award at last night’s Political Book Awards. This is the second year of the awards, which celebrate and reward excellence across all areas of political publishing.Since its launch You Can’t Read This Book has received widespread praise. Whilst we might think we live in an age where we enjoy an unprecedented freedom of speech, author Nick Cohen argues this is not truly the case. You Can’t Read This Book explores how traditional opponents of the right to free expression – religious fanaticism, plutocratic power and dictatorial states – are thriving in the 21st century, and in many respects gaining more momentum than ever before.
You Can’t Read This Book was chosen from a shortlist of ten titles, including Mark Henderson’s Greek Manifesto and The New Few by Ferdinand Mount. The judges’ panel included writer and commentator, Douglas Murray; freedom of information campaigner, Heather Brooke; Chief Political Commentator for the Independent on Sunday, John Rentoul; and former Labour MP, Tony McNulty.