Four for Penguin Random House UK on the 2017 Baillie Gifford Prize for Non-Fiction longlist
Four Penguin Random House UK titles have been featured in this year’s Baillie Gifford Prize for Non-Fiction longlist, with nods for Christopher de Bellaigue, Caroline Moorehead, Anne Applebaum and Simon Schama.
Formerly known as The Samuel Johnson Prize, The Baillie Gifford Prize is the most prestigious non-fiction prize in the UK, open to authors of any nationality and with a prize of £30,000.
The prize covers all non-fiction in the areas of current affairs, history, politics, science, sport, travel, biography, autobiography and the arts.
Our four nominees include:
- Red Famine: Stalin’s War on Ukraine – Anne Applebaum (Allen Lane)
- The Islamic Enlightenment: The Modern Struggle between Faith and Reason – Christopher de Bellaigue (The Bodley Head)
- Belonging: The Story of the Jews – Simon Schama (The Bodley Head)
- A Bold and Dangerous Family: The Rosselis and the Fight Against Mussolini – Caroline Moorehead (Chatto & Windus)
With the rest of the longlist as follows:
- Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race – Reni Eddo-Lodge (Bloomsbury Circus)
- How to Survive a Plague – David France (Picador)
- Plot 29 – Allan Jenkins (4th Estate)
- Border: A Journey to The Edge of Europe – Kapka Kassabova (Granta Books)
- I Was Told to Come Alone: My Journey Behind The Lines of Jihad – Souad Mekhennet (Virago)
- An Odyssey: A Father, a Son and An Epic – Daniel Mendelsohn (William Collins)
- To Be A Machine: Adventures Among Cyborgs, Utopians, Hackers, and the Futurists Solving the Modest Problem of Death – Mark O’Connell (Granta Books)
- Mr Lear: A Life of Art and Nonsense – Jenny Uglow (Faber & Faber)
This year’s list was chosen by a panel of six judges, headed by Sir Peter Bazalgette, author and Chairman of ITV. He said: “We’re really excited about this longlist. We’ve got history, science, biography, polemic and memoir. But two things link them all – they’re wonderfully well-written and they’re really contemporary.”
The shortlist will be announced on Friday 6 October, with the winner being announced on Thursday 16 November. Best of luck to all of our longlisted authors.