The Baillie Gifford Prize Shortlist Weekly Round-Up: One Two Three Four: The Beatles in Time

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 Craig Brown about his shortlisted book One Two Three Four: The Beatles in Time.

On Wednesday 21 October, they launched the first in a series of shortlist livestreams with Craig Brown who was joined by self-proclaimed Beatles fanatic Mark Billingham and 2020 Baillie Gifford Prize judge, Bee Wilson. Together they spoke on the fascinating and unparalleled global impact of The Beatles and what makes One Two Three Four stand out against all the other books on the iconic band. You can still catch the livestream on their YouTube channel or click on the video below.


Today, the Baillie Gifford Prize dropped their first mini-cast with prize director Toby Mundy and Craig Brown. In this episode of ‘In Conversation’, Craig Brown and Toby Mundy explore the many different characters and stories that surround The Beatles and their success. This podcast was recorded and produced remotely.

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 Craig Brown who recalls what it was like to be a Beatles fan in the 60s and how he discovered the peculiar and lesser known stories about The Beatles.

Next week, the Baillie Gifford Prize will continue to celebrate this year’s shortlist with Matthew Cobb and his shortlisted book, The Idea of the Brain. Cobb will be joined by journalist, travel writer and broadcaster, James McConnachie and 2020 judge Simon Ings. Make sure to follow on various social channels, @BGPrize, to stay up-to-date.

Find out more about the rest of the shortlist here.

For your chance to win a signed set of the shortlist, visit the social media pages below and the website for Ts&Cs.

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