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Bodley Head/FT Essay Prize 2013

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Adnan Sarwar
As a British Pakistani boy growing up in Burnley, the author endured racial abuse. In his winning entry, the writer and actor explores what led him to join the British Army

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Alexandra Zelman-Doring
The poet, playwright and actor recalls the aftermath of her 26-year-old husband’s cardiac arrest in the 2013 prize’s runner-up entry

Hedley Twidle revisits South Africa’s Highway N2
To launch the 2013 Bodley Head/FT Essay Prize, last year’s winner examines how one South African road reflects the state of the nation

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Hedley Twidle
The South African academic’s 2012 winning essay about working in the shadow of JM Coetzee



Simon Schama: Why I write
Dickens’ abundance and Orwell’s asperity are equally inspiring, writes the historian and FT contributing editor



Raghu Karnad
Runner-up for the 2012 prize, the Delhi- and Bangalore-based journalist writes about the forgotten Indian soldiers who served the British during the second world war



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