The Baillie Gifford Prize Podcast – Episode 2

In the second episode of this series, host Razia Iqbal meets up with prize winners Antony Beevor (Stalingrad, 1999) and Margaret MacMillan (Peacemakers: The Paris Peace conference of 1919, 2002) to discuss their prize winning books.

In 1999 Antony became the first ever winner of The Samuel Johnson Prize while Margaret became the first woman to win in 2002.  With Razia, they discuss what it was like to win and how the prize has impacted their careers and lives.

Antony gives us a glimpse at how Stalingrad found unexpected success, while Margaret explains how her perception of certain historical events and figures changed over the course of her research. Together they talk about the responsibility of historians and the steps students can take to get into their profession.

The eagerly awaited longlist will be announced early in September with the shortlist following in October. The 21st winner of the prize will be announced on 19th November.

The podcast and awards ceremony are generously supported by the Blavatnik Family Foundation.

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