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The Baillie Gifford Prize

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 £50,000.

The 'Winner of Winners' award marks the 25th anniversary of the UK’s premier non-fiction book prize. It will crown the best work of non-fiction from the last 25 years, recognising the outstanding work of all previous 24 prizewinners.

The shortlist of 6 books were chosen by the Winner of Winners Award judging panel: New Statesman editor-in-chief, Jason Cowley (chair); academic, critic and broadcaster, Shahidha Bari; journalist, author and academic, Sarah Churchwell; and biographer and critic Frances Wilson. Their selection was made from the previous 24 prizewinning books. The winner will receive £25,000.

Shortlisted for the Baillie Gifford Prize 2023

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'Winner of Winners' Baillie Gifford Award 2023

1599: A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare : Winner of the Baillie Gifford Winner of Winners Award 2023 - James Shapiro

Winner of the Baillie Gifford Prize and the Baillie Gifford 'Winner of Winners' award in 2023How did Shakespeare go from being a talented poet and playwright to become one of the greatest writers who ever lived?

In this one exhilarating year we follow what he reads and writes, what he saw and who he worked with as he invests in the new Globe theatre and creates four of his most famous plays -...



Shortlisted for the 'Winner of Winners' Baillie Gifford Award 2023

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