The Baillie Gifford Prize Shortlist Weekly Round Up: Our Bodies Their Battlefield: What War Does to Women

Each week leading up to the winner announcement, the Baillie Gifford Prize for Non-Fiction will be celebrating the different shortlisted authors and focusing on their incredible books. This week they spoke to Christina Lamb about her shortlisted book Our Bodies Their Battlefield: What War Does to Women.

On Wednesday 11 November they released the latest shortlist watch party featuring Christina Lamb, Baroness Helena Kennedy and 2020 judge Martha Kearney. Watch the video below or on YouTube to see them discuss what makes Christina Lamb’s book so impactful and why it is so incredibly important in helping spread awareness about the harrowing act of war rape.


Today, the Baillie Gifford Prize released a new mini-cast episode with prize director Toby Mundy and Christina Lamb. In this episode of ‘In Conversation’ Christina and Toby discuss the silenced voices of women in war conflict zones and explore how rape is used in today’s warfare.

The ‘In Conversation’ mini-cast is commissioned by The Baillie Gifford Prize for Non-Fiction and is generously supported by the Blavatnik Family Foundation.

Listen to the podcast on iTunesSpotifyStitcher, SoundCloud and Entale.

Make sure to also take a look at the Q&A with Christina Lamb who speaks on how history overlooks the victims of war rape.

Next week the Baillie Gifford Prize will continue to celebrate this year’s shortlist with Amy Stanley and her shortlisted book Stranger in a Shogun’s City as well as Kate Summerscale, shortlisted for The Haunting of Alma Fielding. For the watch party, Amy Stanley will be joined by 2020 judge Shahidha Bari, and expert journalist Richard Lloyd Parry. Kate Summerscale will be joined by historian Kate Williams and 2020 Baillie Gifford Prize judge, Leo Robson. Make sure to follow their social channels @BGPrize to stay up-to-date.

On Saturday 21 November, Cambridge Literary Festival will be hosting a Baillie Gifford Prize Shortlist event with all this years shortlisted authors. To sign up and buy a ticket click here.

This year the Hay Festival Digital Weekend from 26-29 November will feature an event with the 2020 Baillie Gifford Prize winner. To see the full programme and register for free click here.

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