Baillie Gifford Prize for Non Fiction
The Baillie Gifford Prize aims to reward the best of non-fiction and is open to authors of any nationality. It covers all non-fiction in the areas of current affairs, history, politics, science, sport, travel, biography, autobiography and the arts.
Formerly known as The Samuel Johnson Prize (1999 – 2015) it is the most prestigious non-fiction prize in the UK, worth £30,000.
Baillie Gifford Prize Winner 2016
East West Street : On the Origins of Genocide and Crimes Against Humanity - Philippe, QC Sands
A monumental achievement: profoundly personal, told with love, anger and great precision' - John le Carre 'A triumph of astonishing research ...No novel could possibly match such an important work of truth' - Antony Beevor 'Magnificent ...I was moved to anger and to pity.
2016 Shortlisted titles
Second-Hand Time - Svetlana Alexievich
Second-hand Time is the latest work from Svetlana Alexievich, winner of the 2015 Nobel Prize in Literature for inventing 'a new kind of literary genre'.
Here she brings together the voices of dozens of witnesses to the collapse of the USSR in a formidable attempt to chart the disappearance of a culture and to surmise what new kind of man may emerge from the rubble.
Fashioning a singular, polyphonic...
Negroland : A Memoir - Margo Jefferson
The daughter of a successful paediatrician and a fashionable socialite, Margo Jefferson spent her childhood among Chicago's black elite.
She calls this society 'Negroland': 'a small region of Negro America where residents were sheltered by a certain amount of privilege and plenty'.
With privilege came expectation. Reckoning with the strictures and demands of Negroland at crucial historical moments...
The Return : Fathers, Sons and the Land in Between - Hisham Matar
SHORTLISTED FOR THE BAILLIE GIFFORD PRIZE FOR NON-FICTION SHORTLISTED FOR THE COSTA BIOGRAPHY AWARD SHORTLISTED FOR THE NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD FOR AUTOBIOGRAPHY WINNER OF THE SLIGHTLY FOXED BEST FIRST BIOGRAPHY PRIZE ONE OF THE NEW YORK TIMES' TOP 10 BOOKS OF 2016 The Return is at once a universal and an intensely personal tale.
It is an exquisite meditation on how history and...