National Business Book Award: Finalists announced

The £25,000 book prize has a dual celebration this year

Caitlin Doughty, Susan Banks, David Bridges, Christine Inglis, Peter Phipps, Jonathan Ruffer, Richard Trewee, Stephan Pyne and Justin Urquhart Stewart are all finalists in the longlist for the prestigious National Business Book Award for 2018.

The judges, chaired by Nick Pashby, head of Johnston Press, and Stephen Bown, chairman of Clydesdale Bank, have chosen four books to be shortlisted for the award, which is currently sponsored by Simply Business, and has been running since 1975. The winning book will be chosen by three of the judges and announced on 26 December.

All four book finalists represent a wealth of experience and experience can be seen in their assessment of the competition. Stephen Bown says: “Longlists are about balance and balance means balance – shortlists are about balance and balance means balance – quite often your absolute best-selling book will be shortlisted for this. These titles tackle quite challenging subjects. Although there are a number of qualifications and gravitas, there is a sense of taking a punt. There is no statistical perspective. There is no fact-checking. The judges are attempting to ask the questions we don’t really know the answers to. That is the best way to seek out the most powerful stuff.”

The 2018 winner will be announced at a ceremony in The Old Vic Theatre in London on Saturday, 24 February, 2019.

The overall title of the winner will be named on 12 March 2019.

The final line-up of the judges for the 2018 category of National Business Book Award is as follows:

Nick Pashby, executive chairman, Johnston Press

Stephen Bown, chairman, Clydesdale Bank

Phil Cox, Partner, Allen & Overy

Nick Awad, Partner, Old Street Law

Krista Sandler, Partner, Moelis

Holly Sung, International Head of Delegated Business Development, ‎ITEC/Microsoft

Kathryn Paterson, Regional Director for the East of England, ‎Legal & General UK

Myra Zinkin, Founder & Chief Executive, The Supplier Agency Group

The list of applicants for the 2018 National Business Book Award was announced by Melvyn Bragg on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, along with a welcome address by the Master of Warwick Business School and high profile appearances from our judges.

All National Business Book Award shortlisted titles are available from The National Bookstore in London.

The National Business Book Award has a dual celebration this year; it will be the only business award to welcome Stephen Hawking, who receives an honorary fellowship during an evening of events at the National Business Book Awards at The Old Vic Theatre on 26 December.

The judges decided that the best books deal with both the present and future of business.

“The future of business is really unpredictable. Myself and the other judges are trying to do something significant and different from what business writers normally do. All the books we have seen have demonstrated exceptional research and written in the space of highly charged thinking, clearly built on the theme of ‘How to achieve successful corporate citizenship in uncertain times’.” said Nick Pashby.

Jane Bekew, CEO, Diageo said: “Overall the books this year are outstanding and better quality than ever before. There are some really compelling titles and I think it will be a very close decision.”

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