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This week at the Baillie Gifford Prize…

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. Full terms and conditions can be found here.

The week started off with Anna Keay reading an extract from her book The Restless Republic, which looks back to 1649 when Britain was engulfed by revolution.

Some familiar faces have also been delving into all the reasons they love this year’s shortlisted selection. The first video was from Dr. Helen Salisbury, leader of the Communication Skills Course for medical students in Oxford. In the video, Salisbury delves into why Polly Morland’s depiction of a country doctor is an important form of storytelling, as well as her ability to use the land itself as a protagonist in A Fortunate Woman.

Next, journalist and author Oliver Bullough talks about why Sally Hayden’s My Fourth Time, We Drowned, which details the unimaginable scandal surrounding the refugee crisis, is a book you “have to read.”

Rory Stewart, British Academic, diplomat, author, and former politician, also speaks on what he found so engaging about Anna Keay’s The Restless Republic.

Listen to all the shortlist podcasts on Spotify, Soundcloud, and YouTube, and be sure to follow the Baillie Gifford Prize social channels to stay up to date with all the information in the run-up to the winner announcement.

Don’t miss the winner of the 2022 prize being interviewed at the Cambridge Literary Festival on Sunday 20 November this year. Buy tickets here.

Join the conversation on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok to get the latest on all things Baillie Gifford Prize. 

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