1. The Baillie Gifford Prize 2020 Judges and Read Smart Podcasts.

  2. The 2020 judging panel for the Baillie Gifford Prize for Non-Fiction includes BBC Radio 4 Today presenter and Chair of the judges Martha Kearney, fellow BBC presenter, professor and author Shahidha Bari, editor and novelist Simon Ings, New Statesman writer Leo Robson, New York Times opinion editor Max Strasser and journalist and author Bee Wilson.

    The prize aims to recognise and reward the best of non-fiction and is open to authors of any nationality who are published in the UK. It covers current affairs, history, politics, science, sport, travel, biography, autobiography and the arts.

    The winner of the 2020 prize will be announced on Thursday 19 November, following the shortlist announcement in October and longlist in September.


    Read Smart Podcasts

    Each month a new Read Smart podcast is launched with Razia Iqbal exploring the increasingly popular world of non-fiction books. Hear from prize-winning authors, judges and publishing insiders, as well as hearing from behind the scenes of the 2020 prize.

    Episode 1: Troublemakers and freedom of expression with David France, whose account of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in How to Survive A Plague won The Baillie Gifford Prize 2017, along with Yasemin Congar, who translated I Will Never See the World Again by Ahmet Altan and longlisted for The Baillie Gifford Prize in 2019, and Hannah Trevarthen from English PEN.

    Episode 2: Insiders from the publishing world talk about trends in non-fiction and the world of books, and what we need in times in crisis. Hear from Andrew Holgate, Literary Editor of the Sunday Times; co-founder of Particular Books and publisher at Profile Books, Helen Conford; and Georgina Laycock who is a publisher at John Murray.

    You can tune into to Read Smart on Apple, Spotify, SoundcloudStitcher and Entale.


    If you’re looking for more Baillie Gifford Prize content, you can also read our exclusive interviews with previous winners:

    A wide array of other author interviews can be found within our Author Insights pages.