Read Smart Podcast: Winner of Winners Shortlist – James Shapiro

The latest episode of The Read Smart Podcast continues the Winner of Winners series, where each of the shortlisted authors is interviewed.

This week, host Razia Iqbal will speak to James Shapiro, who won the prize in 2006 with 1599: A Year In The Life of William Shakespeare. Iqbal and Shapiro explore life in Elizabethan England, how Shakespeare managed to produce four great works (including Hamlet) in just one year, and why the rumors that Shakespeare was in fact more than one person are false. Hear more to discover how and why Shakespeare became one of the greatest writers ever.

Listen now to hear all about it. The podcast is generously supported by the Blavatnik Family Foundation. For more podcast episodes from The Baillie Gifford Prize, click here. Follow @BGPrize on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, TikTok, and YouTube.

To hear more about the six novels on the Winner of Winners shortlist, stop by the Cambridge Literary Festival at 6 pm on 23rd April to hear three of the authors – Barbara Demick, Craig Brown, and Patrick Radden Keefe – delve into their previously winning books and how they are feeling about making the shortlist. Click this link to buy tickets to the Cambridge Event:

The winner of the award will be announced on Thursday 27 April at an event held at the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh.