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 2017

How to Survive a Plague : The Story of How Activists and Scientists Tamed AIDS - David France

Winner of the Baillie Gifford Prize for Non-FictionWinner of The Green Carnation Prize for LGBTQ literatureWinner of the Lambda Literary Award for LGBT non-fictionShortlisted for the Wellcome Book Prize 2017'This superbly written chronicle will stand as a towering work in its field' Sunday Times'Inspiring, uplifting and necessary reading' - Steve Silberman author of Neurotribes, Financial...



Baillie Gifford Prize Shortlist 2017

Border : A Journey to the Edge of Europe - Kapka Kassabova

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.



To Be a Machine : Adventures Among Cyborgs, Utopians, Hackers, and the Futurists Solving the Modest Problem of Death - Mark O'Connell

Shortlisted for The Baillie Gifford Prize for Non-Fiction 2017What is transhumanism?

Simply put, it is a movement whose aim is to use technology to fundamentally change the human condition, to improve our bodies and minds to the point where we become something other, and better, than the animals we are.

It's a philosophy that, depending on how you look at it, can seem hopeful, or terrifying, or...



The Islamic Enlightenment : The Modern Struggle Between Faith and Reason - Christopher De Bellaigue

SHORTLISTED FOR THE BAILLIE GIFFORD PRIZESelected as a book of the year 2017 by the Times Literary Supplement and the Sunday Times ('At a time when the gulf between Islam and the West yawns distressingly wide, De Bellaigue's book is a welcome and surprising corrective' Dominic Sandbrook, Sunday Times)'The best sort of book for our disordered days: timely, urgent and illuminating' Pankaj Mishra'It...



An Odyssey: A Father, A Son and an Epic : Shortlisted for the Baillie Gifford Prize 2017 - Daniel Mendelsohn

SHORTLISTED FOR THE BAILLIE GIFFORD PRIZE 2017 SHORTLISTED FOR THE LONDON HELLENIC PRIZE 2017 WINNER OF THE PRIX MEDITERRANEE 2018 From the award-winning, best-selling writer: a deeply moving tale of a father and son's transformative journey in reading - and reliving - Homer's epic masterpiece. When eighty-one-year-old Jay Mendelsohn...



Belonging : The Story of the Jews 1492-1900 - Simon, CBE Schama

SHORTLISTED FOR THE BAILLIE GIFFORD PRIZE Selected as a Book of the Year 2017 by the Daily Telegraph, Mail on Sunday and Observer 'A glittering gemstone of a book' The TimesThe Jewish story is a history that is about, and for, all of us. And in our own time of anxious arrivals and enforced departures, the Jews' search for a home is more startlingly resonant than ever.

Belonging is a magnificent...



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