Pushkin House Book Prize 2015 Judges
The Lord Browne of Madingley is one of Britain's most highly regarded businessmen. He worked within BP for 40 years, acting as Group CEO from 1995-2007. He has held an incredible variety of senior positions within organisations such as Intel, Goldman Sachs and DaimlerChrysler, and is currently a Partner of Riverstone Holdings LLC, a company that invests in sustainable energy. He studied at Cambridge and Stanford Universities, and is Fellow of the Royal Society and of the Royal Academy of Engineering. Knighted in 1998, he was made a life peer in 2001, and serves as Trustee and Chairman of Trustees on numerous boards, including the Tate Gallery and the Queen Elizabeth II Prize for Engineering. In 2010 he chaired the committee that produced the Browne Review – the Independent Review of Higher Education Funding and Student Finance. Lord Browne is also an author, who writes extensively about acceptance and inclusion of LGBT people in business. This year he published a highly critically acclaimed book on the subject, 'The Glass Closet' - as well as another popular science work, 'Seven Elements That Have Changed the World.' He released his memoirs in 2011.
Dmitry Bykov is a best-selling Russian writer, poet and journalist. His works include celebrated biographies of Boris Paternak, Bulat Okudzhava and Maxim Gorky. He is co-creator of "Citizen Poet", which provides a satirical commentary on contemporary Russian society.
Varya Gornostaeva is an architect by training and publisher by vocation. She is founder and editor-in-chief of Corpus Books (an imprint of AST Publishing Group), Russia’s most respected publishing house which deals in the best foreign fiction and non-fiction, as well as Russian authors. Before Corpus, she founded Inostranka Publishers, one of the most notable publishing houses of the 2000s, focused mostly on translated fiction and non-fiction titles.
Bridget Kendall has been BBC Diplomatic Correspondent since 1998. Based in London she covers major international developments and global trends for BBC radio, television and online. In July 2016, she will become the first female Master of Peterhouse, Cambridge. Bridget has a particular interest and expertise in Russia and East/West relations and covered the collapse of the Soviet Union, as well as conflicts in Kosovo, Chechnya, Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya and now Syria. She is also host of The Forum, the flagship discussion programme for BBC World Service radio, which explores new ideas and research from around the world. Bridget was educated Harvard and Moscow universities as well as two Oxford Colleges, Lady Margaret Hall and St Antony’s College, where she is now an Honorary Fellow. She is on the Advisory Board of Wilton Park and a visiting professor of Journalism at Lincoln University. Awards include the James Cameron Award for distinguished journalism and an MBE in the 1994 New Year's Honours list.
Catherine Merridale won the Pushkin House Prize in 2014 for her book, 'Red Fortress: The Secret Heart of Russia's History' (Allen Lane, 2013). She has won numerous other awards for that book and many others, and for her work as a broadcaster and historian. She studied at King's College Cambridge, and currently teaches contemporary history at Queen Mary University in London.