1. Overview

    The longlist features the best in non-fiction writing, covering subjects including the threat of terror and lawlessness in international waters.

  2. The longlist for the Baillie Gifford Prize for Non-Fiction 2019 has been announced. Featuring authors from the UK, US and Turkey, it is comprised of the following twelve titles:

    • I Will Never See the World Again, Ahmet Altan
    • Furious Hours, Casey Cep
    • On Chapel Sands, Laura Cumming
    • The Anarchy: The Relentless Rise of the East India Company, William Dalrymple
    • Homesick: Why I Live in a Shed, Catrina Davis
    • The Lives of Lucian Freud: Youth, William Feaver
    • The Windrush Betrayal: Exposing the Hostile Environment, Amelia Gentleman
    • Maoism: A Global History, Julia Lovell
    • The Ministry of Truth: A Biography of George Orwell's 1984, Dorian Lynskey
    • Guest House for Young Widows, Azadeh Moaveni
    • The Five: The Untold Lives of the Women Killed by Jack the Ripper, Hallie Rubenhold
    • The Outlaw Ocean, Ian Urbina
    The Baillie Gifford Prize for Non-Fiction is the UK’s most prestigious non-fiction prize. The most recent winner of the prize is Serhii Plokhy with 'Chernobyl: History of a Tragedy'.
  3. The longlist has been chosen by a panel chaired by Times Literary Supplement editor Stig Abell who is joined by Dr Myriam Francois, TV producer and writer; Robert Douglas-Fairhurst, professor of English Literature; Frances Wilson, critic and biographer; Petina Gappah, writer and lawyer and Dr Alexander Van Tulleken BMBCh MPH, doctor and TV presenter.

    "It's been a summer of reading with unbridled pleasure, and I think we've ended up with a longlist of books that are - by turns - provocative, magisterial and beautiful pieces of work,” says Stig Abell. “Above all, they are companionable: stories to which you are happy to turn and return, some with contemporary resonances, others that are more timeless. Going from twelve down to six and then picking a winner is going to be a bit of a challenge."

    On Tuesday 22 October, the shortlist will be announced. The winner of the 2019 Prize will be announced on Tuesday 19 November.

    The winner of last year’s Prize was Serhii Plokhy for Chernobyl: History of a Tragedy. You can read an interview with Serhii on our website.