1. Serhii Plokhy has won the 2018 Baillie Gifford Prize for Non-Fiction for his compelling book Chernobyl: History of a Tragedy.

  2. A professor of Ukrainian History at Harvard University, Plokhy grew up only 500km from the ill-fated reactor. In his book, he documents the context and conditions that led to the avoidable catastrophe that resulted in the contamination of over half of Europe on that fateful day in 1986. As a Ukrainian, he is uniquely placed to bring the events, in all their drama, to life and has had access to recently opened archives to create this definitive account.  

    Fiammetta Rocco, Chair of the Baillie Gifford Prize Judges, said: “Chernobyl is an unprecedented retelling of a familiar disaster. It is a horror story – of political cynicism and scientific ignorance – in which the world was saved only by heroism and luck. This extraordinary account leaves you wondering: could the narrowly missed nuclear Armageddon of Chernobyl happen again, with even worse consequences?”

    You can find out more about the Prize by visiting the Baillie Gifford Prize for Non-Fiction’s Facebook page, where you can find interviews with all of the shortlisted authors.

    Credit: Susan Wilson