Last month Ian Cobain won the Debut Political Book of the Year category in the Political Book Awards for his Cruel Britannia: A Secret History of Torture.
When Stephen Howe reviewed it in the Independent last year he began:
Legal bans on torture in England, then Britain, go almost as far back as written law itself. It was supposedly forbidden even in medieval times, while modern prohibition can be traced to a law of 1640. But for just as long, governments have in reality allowed it, practised it, and lied about it.