The Baillie Gifford Prize Shortlist Weekly Round Up: The Haunting of Alma Fielding

Each week leading up to the winner announcement, the Baillie Gifford Prize for Non-Fiction celebrates the different shortlisted authors and focuses on their incredible books. This week features two shortlisted books. The first author was Amy Stanley and her shortlisted book Stranger in a Shogun’s City. The second was Kate Summerscale, author of The Haunting of Alma Fielding: A True Ghost Story.

Don’t miss the final watch party today at 5pm (GMT) featuring Kate Summerscale, historian Kate Williams and 2020 judge Leo Robson. Join in live on Facebook or Youtube to hear what they have to say about poltergeists and the truly bizarre events in Alma Fielding’s life.


The latest mini-cast episode with prize director Toby Mundy and Kate Summercale is available now. In this episode of ‘In Conversation’, Kate and Toby discuss the life of Alma Fielding, her ghost story, and the well known 1930s ghost hunter Nandor Fodor.

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 Kate Summerscale who shares what the supernatural can tell us about life and people in the 20th century.

This year the announcement of the winner of the Baillie Gifford Prize 2020 will be streamed on YouTube and Facebook. Tune in on Tuesday 24 November from 6pm for a virtual celebration hosted by Sir Peter Bazalgette. Read more about this exciting event here:

Make sure to follow The Baillie Gifford Prize social channels @BGPrize to stay up-to-date.

Don’t forget to sign up for these festival events with the shortlist and winning author:

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.

Find out more about the rest of the shortlist here.

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