Read Smart: The Baillie Gifford Prize for Non-Fiction Podcast

In Episode 2 of the Read Smart podcast, we hear from insiders from the publishing world about trends in non-fiction and the world of books, and what we need in times of crisis.

Joining host Razia Iqbal is Andrew Holgate, Literary Editor of the Sunday Times; co-founder of Particular Books and publisher at Profile Books, Helen Conford; and Georgina Laycock who is a publisher at John Murray.

Together, they discuss the shift over the last few years to more serious publishing, the relationship between the internet and books, and the reasons for an increase in popularity in certain genres of non-fiction publishing. Razia also asks our guests for their views on the current crisis in terms of what’s being written and published, and what we turn to and reflect upon in times of crisis.

We finish up with book recommendations from our guests, both what they’ve been reading and what they are looking forward to being published.

This episode was recorded and produced completely remotely. Tune in for our next episode airing 29 May where Razia speaks to British novelist, scientist and 2020 Baillie Gifford prize judge Simon Ings and Hannah Fry, author of 2018 Baillie Gifford Prize shortlisted book Hello World: How to be Human in the Age of the Machine about the challenges and joys of writing non-fiction.

Read Smart Podcast is commissioned by The Baillie Gifford Prize for Non-Fiction and is also generously supported by the Blavatnik Family Foundation.

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