1. The longlist for the Baillie Gifford Prize for Non-Fiction 2022 has been announced. It is comprised of the following 12 titles:

    • Legacy of Violence: A History of the British Empire by Caroline Elkins
    • Invisible Child: Poverty, Survival & Hope in an American City by Andrea Elliott
    • The Escape Artist: The Man Who Broke Out of Auschwitz to Warn the World by Jonathan Freedland
    • Otherlands: A World in the Making by Thomas Halliday
    • Dinner With Joseph Johnson: Books and Friendship in a Revolutionary Age by Daisy Hay
    • My Fourth Time, We Drowned: Seeking Refuge on the World's Deadliest Migration Route by Sally Hayden
    • Original Sins: A Memoir by Matt Rowland Hill
    • The Restless Republic: Britain Without a Crown by Anna Keay
    • A Fortunate Woman: A Country Doctor’s Story by Polly Morland
    • The Barefoot Woman by Scholastique Mukasonga
    • Super-Infinite: The Transformations of John Donne by Katherine Rundell
    • Kingdom of Characters: A Tale of Language, Obsession, and Genius in Modern China by Jing Tsu

    The longlist of 12 books were chosen by this year’s judging panel: writer and Associate Editor of The Bookseller, Caroline Sanderson; writer and science journalist, Laura Spinney; critic and writer for The Observer, Rachel Cooke; BBC journalist and presenter, Clive Myrie; author and New Yorker writer, Samanth Subramanian; and critic and broadcaster, Georgina Godwin. Their selection was made from 362 books published between 1 November 2021 and 31 October 2022.

    Caroline Sanderson, chair of judges, says: “It was a fiendishly difficult, but also highly enjoyable process by which my fellow judges and I arrived at the final 12 books in contention for the 2022 Baillie Gifford Prize. I'm delighted with our longlist which shows off non-fiction in all its splendid breadth, depth and scope; from outstanding reportage, and compelling memoir to illuminating history books and mind-expanding popular science. And perhaps most importantly, all 12 books have been written with the experience of the reader firmly in mind.”

    The shortlist for the 2022 award will be announced on 10 October at Cheltenham Literature Festival. The winner of the 2022 prize will be announced on 17 November at an event at the London Science Museum. 

    Last year’s winner was Patrick Radden Keefe for Empire of Pain: The Secret History of the Sackler Dynasty. You can read an interview with him on our website.