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The Baillie Gifford Prize for Non-Fiction 2019

The Baillie Gifford Prize for Non-Fiction 2019


The Baillie Gifford Prize rewards excellence in non-fiction writing, bringing the best in intelligent reflection on the world to new readers. It covers all non-fiction in the areas of current affairs, history, politics, science, sport, travel, biography, autobiography and the arts.

The winner of the 2018 Baillie Gifford Prize was Serhii Plokhy for his book Chernobyl.

Submissions for the 2019 edition of The Baillie Gifford Prize for Non-Fiction are now closed. The longlist will be announced on Thursday 12 September, and the shortlist on Tuesday 22 October. The winner of the 2019 prize will be announced at a ceremony in London, generously supported by the Blavatnik Family Foundation on Tuesday 19 November.

To mark 21 years of rewarding the best non-fiction writing, The Baillie Gifford Prize has launched a new podcast generously supported by the Blavatnik Family Foundation. Learn more about the podcast here.

The Longlist

We are delighted to announce the 2019 longlist:

•        I Will Never See the World Again, Ahmet Altan, translated by Yasemin Çongar (Granta Books)

•        Furious Hours, Casey Cep (William Heinemann)

•        On Chapel Sands, Laura Cumming (Chatto & Windus)

•        The Anarchy: The Relentless Rise of the East India Company, William Dalrymple (Bloomsbury Publishing)

•        Homesick: Why I Live in a Shed, Catrina Davis (Riverrun)

•        The Lives of Lucian Freud: Youth, William Feaver (Bloomsbury Publishing)

•        The Windrush Betrayal: Exposing the Hostile Environment, Amelia Gentleman (Guardian Faber)

•        Maoism: A Global History, Julia Lovell (The Bodley Head)

•        The Ministry of Truth: A Biography of George Orwell's 1984, Dorian Lynskey (Picador)

•        Guest House for Young Widows, Azadeh Moaveni (Scribe UK)

•        The Five: The Untold Lives of the Women Killed by Jack the Ripper, Hallie Rubenhold (Doubleday)

•        The Outlaw Ocean, Ian Urbina (The Bodley Head)

The twelve titles chosen by the judging panel span history, biography, current affairs and natural science, with several addressing grand themes including race, court room drama, ideology, and economics.