The 2009 Orwell Prize nominees are:
Fishing in Utopia, by Andrew Brown (Granta)
Reappraisals, by Tony Judt (William Heinemann)
Stalin’s Children, by Owen Matthews (Bloomsbury)
Chinese Whispers, by Hsiao-Hung Pai (Penguin)
Descent Into Chaos, by Ahmed Rashid (Allen Lane)
The White War, by Mark Thompson (Faber and Faber)
Read more about the Orwell Prize and the shortlist in the Guardian.