The Baillie Gifford Prize 2022 Longlist Announced
Presenting the Baillie Gifford 2022 Longlist:
The longlist of 12 books were chosen by this year’s judging panel: writer and Associate Editor of The Bookseller, Caroline Sanderson (chair); writer and science journalist, Laura Spinney; critic and writer for The Observer, Rachel Cooke; BBC journalist and presenter, Clive Myrie; author and New Yorker writer, Samanth Subramanian; and critic and broadcaster, Georgina Godwin. Their selection was made from 362 books published between 1 November 2021 and 31 October 2022.
Caroline Sanderson, chair of judges, says: “It was a fiendishly difficult, but also highly enjoyable process by which my fellow judges and I arrived at the final 12 books in contention for the 2022 Baillie Gifford Prize. I’m delighted with our longlist which shows off non-fiction in all its splendid breadth, depth, and scope; from outstanding reportage and compelling memoirs to illuminating history books and mind-expanding popular science. And perhaps most importantly, all 12 books have been written with the experience of the reader firmly in mind.”
To find out more about the longlist, listen to the Read Smart podcast which will be available on YouTube, Spotify, Apple Podcasts, and Soundcloud tomorrow. Host, Razia Iqbal, will be joined by three of our judges, Caroline Sanderson, Laura Spinney, and Samanth Subramanian to discuss the longlisted books and why they have been chosen to be in the running for this year’s prize.
The announcement of the six books shortlisted for this year’s prize will take place on 10 October during an event at the Cheltenham Literature Festival. The winner will be announced on 17 November at the Science Museum at an award ceremony generously supported by the Blavatnik Family Foundation. The announcement will also be live-streamed across the Baillie Gifford Prize social channels.