Read Smart Podcast: A 25th Anniversary Discussion of Life Under Dictatorships


Tune into the latest episode of the Read Smart Podcast, which explores what life is like in dictatorships worldwide and throughout history. Host, Razia Iqbal, will be joined by three former winners of the Baillie Gifford Prize for Nonfiction: historian Michael Burley, journalist Barbara Demick, and historian Frank Dikötter. They delve into the fascinatingly complex definitions and qualities behind the term ‘dictator’ and the role that secrecy and terror play in countries living under authoritarian rule.

To continue the 25th-anniversary celebration of the Baillie Gifford Prize, the Read Smart podcast will have unique episodes where special guests from the prize’s past will be returning to give their insight into a number of interesting topics. Special episodes will be dedicated to the authors shortlisted for the Winner of Winners competition, which is being judged by Chair Jason Cowley, Shahidha Bari, Sarah Churchwell, and Frances Wilson.

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