John Rentoul and Robert Hutton are both shortlisted for Political Humour and Satire Book of the Year in this year's Political Book Awards, the shortlists for which have just been announced. This marks the second year in a row that Robert Hutton has been nominated in this category, following his 2014 shortlisting for Romps, Tots and Boffins. This year it was his guide to spinning and avoiding outright lies in his Would They Lie To You that has seen him shortlisted. A tongue-in-cheek collection of phrases and words to use or to look out for in political speeches, Would They Lie To You is the perfect tool for decoding what politicians are saying in the election campaign. John Rentoul's compilation of top ten lists, Listellany, features lists on everything from pop music to politics, and the political lists range from the 'top ten unisex political names' to the 'top ten party conference speeches'.
Whilst John and Robert can't both win, we'll be rooting for them both equally on the 28th of January, when the awards ceremony will be held at the BFI IMAX.