Melvyn Bragg, the cultural broadcaster and peer, was Booker Prize longlisted for the second time with A Son of War, the second volume in his The Soldier’s Return quartet.

Alongside his career in television and radio, Bragg has been a prolific author, writing some 22 novels and 17 works of non-fiction. His high public profile has not always led him to receive proper - or fair - recognition for his novels. The 2001 Booker Prize judges, however, found in the novel a subtle and moving portrayal of a soldier returned to Cumbria to the family and working-class life from which war had offered an escape. Bragg’s portrayal of the difficulties of all his characters was notable for its lack of sentimentality.

Melvyn Bragg

All nominated books

A Place in England
A Son of War
Crossing the Lines