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The Baillie Gifford Prize for Non-Fiction

Baillie Gifford logoThe Baillie Gifford (formerly Samuel Johnson) Prize for Non-Fiction was launched in 1999. One of the richest and most prestigious non-fiction prizes in the UK, it is worth £20,000 to the winner. The prize is open to authors of all 'diverse and thought-provoking' non-fiction books published in English in the UK in the areas of current affairs, history, politics, science, sport, travel, biography, autobiography and the arts.

The 2017  winner, declared on 16th November was David France for How to Survive a Plague: The Story of How Activists and Scientists Tamed Aids.

This year's judges are journalist and political commentator, Stephen Bush; historian, Susan Brigden; mathematician and campaigner, Anne-Marie Imafidon and philosopher, Nigel Warburton. Charing the judging panel will be The Economist’s culture correspondent, Fiammetta Rocco.

The shortlist will be announced in October and the winner on Wednesday 14 November at an awards dinner at RIBA.

 

2017 Shortlist

The Islamic Enlightenment: The Modern...
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Christopher de Bellaigue
 
SHORTLISTED FOR THE BAILLIE GIFFORD PRIZE 2017'An eye-opening, well-written and very timely book' Yuval Noah Harari'The best sort of book for our disordered days: timely, urgent and illuminating' Pankaj Mishra'It...
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How to Survive a Plague: The Story of...
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David France
 
'Epoch-making . . . Brilliantly told. Informative, entertaining, suspenseful, moving, and personal.' Edmund White
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Border: A Journey to the Edge of Europe
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Kapka Kassabova
 
When Kapka Kassabova was a child, the borderzone between Bulgaria, Turkey and Greece was rumoured to be an easier crossing point into the West than the Berlin Wall so...
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An Odyssey: A Father, A Son and an...
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Daniel Mendelsohn
 
SHORTLISTED FOR THE BAILLIE GIFFORD PRIZE 2017 From the award-winning, best-selling writer: a deeply moving tale of a father and son's...
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To Be a Machine: Adventures Among...
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Mark O'Connell
 
Winner of the Wellcome Book Prize 2018 Shortlisted for the Baillie Gifford Prize 2017 A stunning new non-fiction voice tackles an urgent question...
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Belonging: The Story of the Jews...
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Simon Schama
The Jewish story is a history that is about, and for, all of us. This book spans centuries and continents, from the Jews' expulsion from Spain in 1492 it navigates...
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Previous winners

2016 East West Street: on the Origins of Genocide and Crimes Against Humanity by Philippe Sands

2015 Neurotribes: The Legacy of Autism and How to Think Smarter About People Who Think Differently by Steve Silberman

2014 H for Hawk by Helen MacDonald

2013 The Pike by Lucy Hughes-Hallett

2012 Into The Silence: The Great War, Mallory and the Conquest of Everest by Wade Davis

2011 Mao's Great Famine by Frank Dikotter

2010 Nothing to Envy by Barbara Demick

2009 Leviathan by Philip Hoare

2008 The Suspicions of Mr Whicher by Kate Summerscale

2007 Imperial Life in the Emerald City by Rajiv Chandrasekaran

2006 1599 by James Shapiro

2005 Like A Fiery Elephant by Jonathan Coe

2004 Stasiland by Anna Funder

2003 Pushkin by T J Binyon

2002 Peacemakers: Six Months That Changed the World by Margaret MacMillan

2001 The Third Reich by Michael Burleigh

2000 Berlioz: Servitude and Greatness by David Cairns

1999 Stalingrad by Antony Beevor

 

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