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The Baillie Gifford Prize for Non-Fiction 2017



The most prestigious non-fiction prize in the UK

The Baillie Gifford Prize aims to reward the best of non-fiction and is open to authors of any nationality. It covers all non-fiction in the areas of current affairs, history, politics, science, sport, travel, biography, autobiography and the arts.

Formerly known as The Samuel Johnson Prize (1999 – 2015) it is the most prestigious non-fiction prize in the UK, worth £30,000 to the winner.

The 2017 shortlist:

  • The Islamic Enlightenment: The Modern Struggle Between Faith and Reason, Christopher de Bellaigue (The Bodley Head)
  • How to Survive A Plague, David France (Picador)
  • Border: A Journey to The Edge of Europe, Kapka Kassabova (Granta Books)
  • An Odyssey: A Father, A Son and an Epic, Daniel Mendelsohn (William Collins)
  • To Be A Machine: Adventures Among Cyborgs, Utopians, Hackers, and the Futurists Solving the Modest Problem of Death, Mark O’Connell (Granta Books)
  • Belonging: the Story of the Jews, 1492-1900, Simon Schama (The Bodley Head)

Read more here

2017 Key Dates

  1. Longlist

  2. Shortlist

  3. Winner


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