To mark the 25th year of the Baillie Gifford Prize for Non-Fiction, a one-off Winner of Winners Award has been created to recognise the works of the previous 24 winners and crown the best of the best.
The judges for the award are New Statesman editor-in-chief, Jason Cowley; academic, critic and broadcaster, Shahidha Bari; journalist, author and academic, Sarah Churchwell; and biographer and critic Frances Wilson. Together they will select a shortlist, announced on 9 March, from the 24 previous winners of the prize, before choosing the overall winner.
The winner will be announced on 27 April at an event held at the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh.
The anniversary will also be marked by a one-off documentary – All the Best Stories Are True – which explores the very best in non-fiction writing over the past 25 years. From nail-biting moments to life changing stories, the documentary uncovers how the prize started out as the non-fiction rival to the Booker, and what the next 25 years hold for readers and writers in a world now steeped in misinformation. It will be available to watch on the Baillie Gifford Prize YouTube.
In addition, Waterstones will be celebrating the 25th anniversary with displays of all 24 previous winners, paying tribute to the Baillie Gifford Prize’s history and influence as the biggest UK-based non-fiction book prize.
The longlist includes:
- 1999 - Stalingrad, Anthony Beevor
- 2000 - Berlioz, David Cairns
- 2001 - The Third Reich, Michael Burleigh
- 2002 - Peacemakers, Margaret McMillan
- 2003 - Pushkin: A Biography, T J Binyon
- 2004 - Stasiland, Anna Funder
- 2005 - Like a Fiery Elephant, Jonathan Coe
- 2006 - 1599: A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare, James Shapiro
- 2007 - Imperial Life in the Emerald City, Rajiv Chandrasekaran
- 2008 - The Suspicions of Mr Whicher, Kate Summerscale
- 2009 - Leviathan, Philip Hoare
- 2010 - Nothing to Envy, Barbara Demick
- 2011 - Mao's Great Famine, Frank Dikotter
- 2012 - Into the Silence, Wade Davis
- 2013 - The Pike, Lucy Hughes-Hallett
- 2014 - H is for Hawk, Helen McDonald
- 2015 - NeuroTribes, Steve Silberman
- 2016 - East West Street, Philippe Sands
- 2017 - How to Survive a Plague, David France
- 2018 - Chernobyl, Serhii Plokhy
- 2019 - The Five, Hallie Rubenhold
- 2020 - One Two Three Four, Craig Brown
- 2021 - Empire of Pain, Patrick Radden Keefe
- 2022 - Super-Infinite, Katherine Rundell
Super-Infinite: The Transformations of John Donne is the current winner and was chosen by the 2022 judging panel: writer and Associate Editor of The Bookseller, Caroline Sanderson (chair); 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. They made their selection from 362 books published between 1 November 2021 and 31 October 2022.
You can listen to an interview with Katherine Randell on the Read Smart podcasts.
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