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The Baillie Gifford Prize 25th Anniversary

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The Baillie Gifford Prize 25th Anniversary 1-19-23

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.

The anniversary will also be marked by a special documentary – All The Best Stories Are True – which explores the very best in non-fiction writing over the past 25 years. From nail-biting moments to life-changing stories, the documentary uncovers how the prize started out as the non-fiction rival to the Booker, and what the next 25 years hold for readers and writers in a world now steeped in ‘fake news’. It will be available to watch on the Baillie Gifford Prize YouTube channel this February.

Waterstones will also be celebrating the 25th anniversary with displays of all 24 previous winners, paying tribute to the Baillie Gifford Prize’s history and influence as the biggest UK-based non-fiction book prize.

The 24 books in contention are:

Author/translator Title (Imprint)Year of win
 Antony Beevor Stalingrad (Viking, Penguin Random House) 1999
 David Cairns Berlioz: Servitude and Greatness 1832-1869 (Allen Lane, Penguin Random House UK) 2000
 Michael Burleigh The Third Reich: A New History (Macmillan, Pan Macmillan) 2001
 Margaret Macmillan Peacemakers: Six Months That Changed The World (John Murray Press, Hachette) 2002
 T.J. Binyon Pushkin: A Biography (HarperCollins) 2003
 Anna Funder Stasiland: Stories from Behind the Berlin Wall (Granta) 2004
 Jonathan Coe Like a Fiery Elephant: The Story of B.S. Johnson (Picador, Pan Macmillan) 2005
 James Shapiro 1599: A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare (Faber & Faber) 2006
 Rajiv Chandrasekaran Imperial Life in the Emerald City: Inside Iraq’s Green Zone (Bloomsbury) 2007
 Kate Summerscale The Suspicions of Mr Whicher, Or, The Murder at Road Hill House (Bloomsbury) 2008
 Philip Hoare Leviathan, or the Whale (4th Estate, HarperCollins) 2009
 Barbara Demick Nothing to Envy: Real Lives in North Korea (Granta) 2010
 Frank Dikötter Mao’s Great Famine: The History of China’s Most Devastating Catastrophe, 1958-1962 (Bloomsbury) 2011
 Wade Davis Into the Silence: The Great War, Mallory and the Conquest of Everest (The Bodley Head, Vintage, Penguin Random House UK) 2012
 Lucy Hughes-Hallett The Pike: Gabriele d’Annunzio, Poet, Seducer and Preacher of War (4th Estate, HarperCollins) 2013
 Helen Macdonald H is for Hawk (Jonathan Cape, Penguin Random House) 2014
 Steve Silberman NeuroTribes: The Legacy of Autism and How to Think Smarter About People Who Think Differently (Allen and Unwin) 2015
 Philippe Sands East West Street: on the origins of genocide and crimes against humanity (Weidenfeld & Nicholson, The Orion Publishing Group) 2016
 David France How to Survive a Plague: The Inside Story of How Citizens and Science Tamed AIDS (Picador, Pan Macmillan) 2017
 Serhii Plokhy Chernobyl: History of a Tragedy (Allen Lane, Penguin Random House UK) 2018
 Hallie Rubenhold The Five: The Untold Lives of the Women Killed by Jack the Ripper (Doubleday, Penguin Random House UK) 2019
 Craig Brown One Two Three Four: The Beatles in Time (4th Estate, HarperCollins) 2020
 Patrick Radden Keefe Empire of Pain: The Secret History of the Sackler Dynasty (Doubleday, Penguin Random House UK) 2021
 Katherine Rundell Super Infinite: The Transformations of John Donne (Faber & Faber) 2022

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