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 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.

£14.99

£11.35


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

What 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 absurd.

In To Be a Machine, Mark O'Connell presents us with the...

£12.99

£9.49


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

SHORTLISTED FOR THE BAILLIE GIFFORD PRIZE`Brilliant' Orhan Pamuk'The best sort of book for our disordered days: timely, urgent and illuminating' Pankaj Mishra'It strikes a blow ... for common humanity.' Sunday TimesThe Islamic Enlightenment: a contradiction in terms?The Muslim world has often been accused of a failure to modernise, reform and adapt.

But, from the beginning of the nineteenth...

£25.00

£17.79


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

Winner 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 TimesHow to Survive a Plague by David France is the...

£12.99

£10.19


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 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 decides to enrol in the undergraduate seminar on the Odyssey that his son Daniel teaches at Bard...

£18.99

£15.19


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

SHORTLISTED FOR THE BAILLIE GIFFORD PRIZE '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 cultural history abundantly alive with energy, character and colour.

It spans centuries and...

£25.00

£17.79