Read Smart Podcast: The 2022 Baillie Gifford Prize Winner


Tune into the final Read Smart podcast episode of the year, where 2022 prize winner Katherine Rundell discusses her book Super-Infinite: The Transformations of John Donne and how she feels following the announcement. Host, Razia Iqbal, also speaks to some of the other guests at the awards ceremony, including former judge Sara Collins, last year’s chair of judges Andrew Holgate, and publisher and editor Margaret Busby.

The winner was announced and live streamed on FacebookLive and YouTube at a gala dinner that the Blavatnik Family Foundation generously supported on Thursday 17 November.

Super-Infinite: The Transformations of John Donne gives readers a glimpse into the tempestuous life of poet John Donne. Sometimes religious outsider and social disaster, sometimes celebrity preacher and establishment darling, John Donne was incapable of being just one thing. Described by Rundell as being perhaps the greatest love poet in the history of the English language, the work provides a fascinating insight into Donne’s multi-layered existence.

Super-Infinite: The Transformations of John Donne was chosen by this year’s judging panel: writer and Associate Editor of The Bookseller, Caroline Sanderson (chair); writer and science journalist, Laura Spinney; critic and writer for The Observer, Rachel Cooke; BBC journalist and presenter, Clive Myrie; author and New Yorker writer, Samanth Subramanian; and critic and broadcaster, Georgina Godwin.



Listen to all episodes of The Read Smart podcast from this year, which include interviews with all six shortlisted authors, on SpotifyApple Podcasts, and Soundcloud.

The prize celebrates the best in non-fiction. Learn more about the 2022 longlist and shortlist books.

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