1. Patrick Radden Keefe has been named the winner of the Baillie Gifford Prize for Non-Fiction 2021 for Empire of Pain: The Secret History of the Sackler Dynasty.

    Empire of Pain describes in vivid details the calculated acts of deception from one of the most philanthropic families of the 20th and 21st centuries. Formerly known for their large donations to global arts institutions, Keefe reveals how the Sackler family’s wealth is rooted in corruption, greed, ruthless ambition and the devastating opioid crisis that swept the United States. Through accessing thousands of private documents and conducting over 200 interviews, he unveils a gripping story of internal rivalry, systematic deceit and coercive power.

    If you missed the live announcement you can watch the full event here.

    For more information visit The Baillie Gifford Prize.

    Read Smart Podcasts

    You can catch up on the Baillie Gifford Prize Read Smart podcast, hosted by Razia Iqbal. Each month, Razi explores the increasingly popular world of non-fiction books.

    In the run up to the announcement of the winner for 2021, Baillie Gifford Prize Director, Toby Mundy spoke with each shortlisted author about their fascinating works and what motivated them to write about their chosen themes within the non-fiction genre. You can listen to each conversation on Apple and Spotify.