Momentous Years: 1947-1948
Elisabeth Åsbrink, Jonathan Fenby
In 1947, Elisabeth Åsbrink, previous winner of the August Prize, intertwines global events with key moments from her personal history as the daughter of a Hungarian survivor. This was the year when Orwell commenced 1984, Israel was about to be born and Dior created the New Look. Writer and global analyst Jonathan Fenby’s forthcoming book Crucible turns the spotlight on 1948, from the beginnings of the Cold War and China’s civil war to the fall out of the creation of India and Pakistan.
Jonathan Fenby has written 18 books, including his acclaimed On the Brink: The Trouble with France and The General: Charles de Gaulle and the France He Saved, hailed by the New York Times as ‘a magnificent book… learned, incisive and gripping’ which ‘turns breadth and depth into enthrallment.’ An expert on both France and China, Fenby was Paris bureau chief for Reuters and The Economist and editor of bothThe Observer and the South China Morning Post. He is the recipient of both the Légion d’Honneur and the Ordre National du Mérite.Marina Benjamin
Marina Benjamin’s most recent books are Insomnia, The Middlepause, Rocket Dreams (shortlisted for the Eugene Emme Award) and Last Days in Babylon (longlisted for the Wingate Prize). She is currently a senior editor at the digital magazine Aeon.