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 to the winner. The shortlist will be announced on Monday 17 October and the overall winner  will be announced on Tuesday 15 November. 

2016 Longlisted titles




Being a Beast

Charles Foster

£8.99

£6.75

Negroland : A Memoir

Margo Jefferson

£12.99

£9.49


The Gene : An Intimate History

Siddhartha Mukherjee

£25.00

£17.79

Second-Hand Time

Svetlana Alexievich

£14.99

£11.35