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Lucy Siegle Longlisted for Orwell Prize

20th April 2012

Lucy Siegle, journalist, broadcaster and keynote speaker on environmental and fashion issues, has been longlisted for the prestigious Orwell prize, for her book on sustainable fashion, To Die For.

The award aims to recognise those talents who ‘make political writing into an art’, and the winner will receive £3000 and a plaque bearing the quote.

“Coming at a time when the global financial crisis and contracting of consumer spending is ushering in a new epoch for the fashion industry, To Die For offers a very plausible vision of how green could really be the new black,” according to the 4th Estate website.

“Taking particular issue with our current mania for both big-name labels and cheap fashion, To Die For sets an agenda for the urgent changes that can and need to be made by both the industry and the consumer.

“Far from outlining a future of drab, ethical clothing, Lucy Siegle believes that it is indeed possible to be an ‘ethical fashionista’, simply by being aware of how and where (and by whom) clothing is manufactured. The global banking crisis has put the consumer at a crossroads: when money is tight should we embrace cheap fast fashion to prop up an already engorged wardrobe, or should we reject this as the ultimate false economy and advocate a return to real fashion, bolstered by the principles of individualism and style pedigree?

“In this impassioned book, Siegle analyses the global epidemic of unsustainable fashion, taking stock of our economic health and moral accountabilities to expose the pitfalls of fast fashion. Refocusing the debate squarely back on the importance of basic consumer rights, Siegle reveals the truth behind cut price, bulk fashion and the importance of your purchasing decisions, advocating the case for a new sustainable design era where we are assured of value for money: ethically, morally and in real terms.”

Director of the Prize Jean Seaton said that award attracted record numbers of entries, providing a “testimony to the enduring appeal of Orwell’s clear-eyed radicalism.”

“The books range widely, teasing out national and international political themes, and the blogs continue to evolve and increase in range," she said.

The longlisted books:

Rodric Braithwaite Afgansty

Sherard Cowper-Cowles Cables from Kabul: The Inside Story of the West’s Afghanistan Campaign

Siddhartha Deb The Beautiful and the Damned: A portrait of the New India

Misha Glenny Dark Market: CyberThieves, CyberCops and You

Robin Harris The Conservatives: A History

Toby Harnden Dead Men Risen

Christopher Hitchens Arguably

Gavin Knight Hood Rat

Anatol Lieven Pakistan: A hard country

Richard Lloyd Parry People Who Eat Darkness: The Fate of Lucie Blackman

Julia Lovell The Opium War

Caroline Moorehead A Train in Winter: A Story of Resistance, Friendship and Survival

Douglas Murray Bloody Sunday: Truths, Lies and The Saville Inquiry

Sonia Purnell Just Boris: The Irresistible Rise of a Political Celebrity

Jeffrey Sachs The Price of Civilization

Lucy Siegle To Die For: Is Fashion Wearing Out the World

Christopher Turner Adventures in the Orgasmatron: Wilhelm Reich and the Invention of Sex

Conor Woodman Unfair Trade



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