1. Beatles biography 'One Two Three Four ' wins the Baillie Gifford Prize for Non-Fiction 2020.

  2. Craig Brown is the winner of the Baillie Gifford Prize for Non-Fiction 2020 with One Two Three Four: The Beatles in Time. If you missed the live announcement you can watch the full event on YouTube and Facebook along with short films on each of the shortlisted titles.

    In One Two Three Four, Craig Brown creates an entirely new form of biography. He captures the serendipities that brought the fab four together and catapulted them to world fame, as well as telling the story of those who came into their orbit, giving a vivid and revealing insight into the world of the swinging 60s.

    The 2020 shortlisted titles were:

    • One Two Three Four: The Beatles in Time (Craig Brown)
    • The Idea of the Brain: A History (Matthew Cobb)
    • Black Spartacus: The Epic Life of Toussaint Louverture (Sudhir Hazareesingh)
    • Our Bodies, Their Battlefield: What War Does to Women (Christina Lamb)
    • Stranger in the Shogun’s City: A Woman’s Life in Nineteenth-Century Japan (Amy Stanley)
    • The Haunting of Alma Fielding: A True Ghost Story (Kate Summerscale)

    For more information visit The Baillie Gifford Prize.


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