The Baillie Gifford Prize Shortlist Weekly Round Up: The Idea of The Brain

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 Matthew Cobb about his shortlisted book The Idea of The Brain.

On Wednesday 28 October, they released a second shortlist watch party with Matthew Cobb who was joined by journalist James McConnachie and 2020 Baillie Gifford Prize judge, Simon Ings. Together they discussed the fascinating history of the brain, the future impact of technology and how The Idea of the Brain provides an honest and compelling perspective on what we truly know about this important organ. You can still catch the livestream on their YouTube channel or click on the video below.


Today, the Baillie Gifford Prize dropped their second mini-cast episode with prize director Toby Mundy and Matthew Cobb. In this episode of ‘In Conversation’, Matthew Cobb and Toby Mundy discuss how different ideas about the brain have emerged and developed throughout the centuries.

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 Matthew Cobb who shares some of the biggest revelations from The Idea of The Brain.

Next week, the Baillie Gifford Prize will continue to celebrate this year’s shortlist with Sudhir Hazareesingh and his shortlisted book Black Spartacus: The Epic Life of Toussaint Louverture. Sudhir Hazareesingh will be joined by Professor of History of Slavery and Memory of Enslavement, Olivette Otele and 2020 judge Max Strasser. Make sure to follow their social channels @BGPrize to stay up-to-date.

Find out more about the rest of the shortlist here.

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