2022 Baillie Gifford Prize announces shortlist

The Baillie Gifford Prize 2022, the UK’s premier prize for non-fiction books, has announced a shortlist of six.

The prize rewards excellence in non-fiction writing, bringing the best in intelligent reflection on the world to new readers. It covers all non-fiction in the areas of current affairs, history, politics, science, sport, travel, biography, autobiography and the arts.

The 2022 shortlist in no particular order is;

Caroline Elkins – Legacy of Violence: A History of the British Empire (The Bodley Head, Vintage, Penguin Random House UK)

Jonathan Freedland – The Escape Artist: The Man Who Broke Out of Auschwitz to Warn the World (John Murray Press, Hachette)

Sally Hayden –  My Fourth Time, We Drowned: Seeking Refuge on the World’s Deadliest Migration Route (4th Estate, HarperCollins)

Anna Keay – The Restless Republic: Britain Without a Crown (William Collins, Harper Collins)

Polly Morland  – A Fortunate Woman: A Country Doctor’s Story (Picador, Pan Macmillan)

Katherine Rundell – Super-Infinite: The Transformations of John Donne (Faber & Faber)

The winner of the 2022 prize will be announced on November 17. 

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

The 2022 Judges are: Caroline Sanderson, Clive Myrie, Rachel Cooke, Samanth Subramanian, Georgina Godwin and Laura Spinney.

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