The Baillie Gifford Prize Podcast – 2019 Longlist

Listen to the longlist episode featuring Stig Abell and Francis Wilson


In this episode, podcast host, Razia Iqbal, is joined by judges Stig Abell and Francis Wilson to talk about the twelve books that have made it onto the longlist.

Stig, this year’s chair of judges, discusses how much he has enjoyed the process so far. Stig and Francis converse over current publishing trends, the genuine pleasure they both get from reading and celebrating the best of non-fiction writing.

From how Ahmet Altan wrote I Will Never See the World Again from the extraordinary circumstances of a Turkish prison cell, to the political truths revealed by Amelia Gentleman in The Windrush Betrayal. Razia and Stig delve into a discussion about the twelve books and how they came to be selected.

The next podcast episode will focus on the 6 books that make it onto the shortlist, announced on the 22 of October. The 21st winner of the prize will be announced on the 19 of November. You can watch the winner ceremony livestreamed on Facebook.

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

If you’re in London in the autumn then join us at Waterstones, Tottenham Court Road on 18 November for readings and discussion with our shortlisted authors, in an event hosted by the BBC’s Razia Iqbal. Tickets will be on sale shortly from

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