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The Baillie Gifford Prize for Non-Fiction 2020

The Baillie Gifford Prize for Non-Fiction 2020

The UK'S PREMIER PRIZE FOR NON-FICTION BOOKS

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 2020 Baillie Gifford Prize of Non-Fiction is Craig Brown for One Two Three Four: The Beatles in Time (Harper Collins, 4th Estate)

The Baillie Gifford Prize podcast, Read Smart, explores the increasingly popular world of non-fiction books and follows the Prize throughout the year as it unfolds. Read Smart is hosted by BBC's Razia Iqbal and is generously supported by the Blavatnik Family Foundation. Learn more about the podcast here.

Key Dates

  1. Longlist

    10.09.20
  2. Shortlist

    15.10.20
  3. Winner

    24.11.20

The 2020 Winner

We are delighted to announce Craig Brown is the winner of the 2020 Baillie Gifford Prize for Non-Fiction for One Two Three Four: The Beatles in Time (Harper Collins, 4th Estate)

One Two Three Four: The Beatles in Time

One Two Three Four traces the chance fusion of the four key elements that made up The Beatles: fire (John), water (Paul), air (George) and earth (Ringo). It also tells the bizarre and often unfortunate tales of the disparate and colourful people within their orbit, among them Fred Lennon, Yoko Ono, the Maharishi, Aunt Mimi, Helen Shapiro, the con artist Magic Alex, Phil Spector, their psychedelic dentist John Riley and their failed nemesis, Det Sgt Norman Pilcher.

From the bestselling author of Ma’am Darling comes a kaleidoscopic mixture of history, etymology, diaries, autobiography, fan letters, essays, parallel lives, party lists, charts, interviews, announcements and stories. One Two Three Four joyfully echoes the frenetic hurly-burly of an era.

Competition terms and conditions can be found here.