The Baillie Gifford Prize Winner of Winners Shortlist

The shortlist for the Baillie Gifford Prize’s 25th Anniversary Winner of Winners award, where four judges – Chair Jason Cowley, Shahidha Bari, Sarah Churchwell, and Frances Wilson – pick a triumphant novel from the prize’s history. The six shortlisted authors have all previously won the prize and are now in the running to win the ultimate accolade. Congratulations to all! The winner will be announced on Thursday 27 April at an event held at the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh. Stay up to date by following via Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube. Catch up on all episodes of the Read Smart podcast, generously supported by the Blavatnik Family Foundation, on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, and Soundcloud. […]

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Read Smart: A Quarter Century of the Prize, a 25th Anniversary Discussion

Listen to the latest episode of The Read Smart Podcast to learn more about the Prize’s history, and how the wider world of non-fiction has changed in the 25 years since it was first established. In this episode, former Baillie Gifford judge Razia Iqbal talks to Caroline Sanderson and Andrew Holgate, who have chaired judging panels in the past, about what the experience is like and how the Prize has evolved. Tune in next time when the Winner of Winners award judges talk about the shortlist. The Winner of Winners award, created to celebrate the Prize’s 25th anniversary, will pit the previous winners against each other to find the best of the best of non-fiction. The Blavatnik Family Foundation generously supports this podcast. […]

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Read Smart Podcast: A 25th Anniversary Discussion of Life Under Dictatorships

Tune into the latest episode of The Read Smart Podcast, which explores what life is like in dictatorships worldwide and throughout history. Host, Razia Iqbal, will be joined by three former winners of the Baillie Gifford Prize for Nonfiction: historian Michael Burley, journalist Barbara Demick, and historian Frank Dikötter. They delve into the fascinatingly complex definitions and qualities behind the term ‘dictator’ and the role that secrecy and terror play in countries living under authoritarian rule. To continue the 25th-anniversary celebration of the Baillie Gifford Prize, the Read Smart podcast will have unique episodes where special guests from the prize’s past will be returning to give their insight into a number of interesting topics. Special episodes will be dedicated to the authors shortlisted for the Winner of Winners competition, which is being judged by Chair Jason Cowley, Shahidha Bari, Sarah Churchwell, and Frances Wilson. The podcast is generously supported by the Blavatnik Family Foundation. […]

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All The Best Stories Are True

A few months into 2023 and The Baillie Gifford Prize continues to celebrate and honor its 25th anniversary. Last month, the very exciting Winner of Winners competition was announced, which will see four judges – Chair Jason Cowley, Shahidha Bari, Sarah Churchwell, and Frances Wilson – pick a triumphant novel from all the past winners. Today, the one-off documentary, All The Best Stories Are True, premiered on The Baillie Gifford Prize’s brand new website, exploring the history of the prize from nail-biting moments to life-changing stories. Catch up on every episode of the Read Smart podcast, generously supported by the Blavatnik Family Foundation, on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, and Soundcloud. New episodes, coming soon, will delve into the works on the Winner of Winners shortlist. […]

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The Baillie Gifford Prize 25th Anniversary

2023 is set to be a monumental year for The Baillie Gifford Prize as it celebrates its 25th anniversary! Since 1999, the prize has honored the very best in non-fiction and has been home to many unforgettable authors and books. To celebrate, a special panel of judges has been assembled to read all the previous winning books and decide on a Winner of Winners. The panel consists of the editor of The New Statesman, Jason Cowley, and former judges Shahidha Bari, Sarah Churchwell, and Frances Wilson. The winner will be announced on 27 April at a ceremony at the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh. Stay up to date by following The Baillie Gifford Prize on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube. Catch up on all episodes of the Read Smart podcast, generously supported by the Blavatnik Family Foundation, on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, and Soundcloud. […]

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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. The podcast is generously supported by the Blavatnik Family Foundation. […]

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Katherine Rundell’s Super-Infinite: The Transformations of John Donne Wins the Baillie Gifford Prize for Non-Fiction 2022

Super-Infinite: The Transformations of John Donne by Katherine Rundell has been named winner of the Baillie Gifford Prize for Non-Fiction 2022. The winner was announced by Chair of Judges Caroline Sanderson at a ceremony hosted at the Science Museum and generously supported by The Blavatnik Family Foundation. The announcement was streamed to readers around the world via the Baillie Gifford Prize social media channels. Standout scholar Katherine Rundell shows readers the many sides of his life, his obsessions, his blazing words, and his tempestuous Elizabethan times – unveiling Donne as the most remarkable mind and as a lesson in living.  […]

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The 2022 Baillie Gifford Prize Winner

The Baillie Gifford Prize for Non-Fiction is delighted to announce the 2022 winner is Katherine Rundell and her book, Super-Infinite: The Transformations of John Donne! The winner was announced on 17 November at a gala dinner generously supported by the Blavatnik Family Foundation. The announcement was live-streamed on FacebookLive and YouTube. 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. Their selection was made from 362 books published between 1 November 2021 and 31 October 2022. […]

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This week at the Baillie Gifford Prize…

The #BGPrize2022 winner announcement is less than a week away! With only six days to go, videos of authors and famous fans talking about the six fascinating shortlisted books are up on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and TikTok. This year’s winner will be announced next Thursday, 17 November at the Science Museum during a gala dinner generously supported by the Blavatnik Family Foundation. The announcement will also be live-streamed across the Baillie Gifford Prize social channels. Watch live on FacebookLive and YouTube. For a chance to win a full set of the shortlisted books, click ‘going’ and share our Facebook live-stream event. […]

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