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Baillie Gifford Prize for Nonfiction 2016 longlist announced

In the UK, the 2016 longlist for the Baillie Gifford Prize for Nonfiction, formerly the Samuel Johnson Prize, has been announced.

The 10 longlisted titles are:

  • Second-hand Time (Svetlana Alexievich, Text)
  • The Vanishing Man (Laura Cumming, Vintage)
  • Being a Beast (Charles Foster, Profile Books)
  • Stalin and the Scientists (Simon Ings, Faber)
  • Negroland: A Memoir (Margo Jefferson, Granta)
  • This is London (Ben Judah, Picador)
  • The Return: Fathers, Sons and the Land in Between (Hisham Matar, Viking)
  • The Gene (Siddhartha Mukherjee, Bodley Head)
  • East West Street (Philippe Sands, Weidenfeld & Nicolson)
  • Guilty Thing: A Life of Thomas De Quincey (Frances Wilson, Bloomsbury).

The shortlist for the £30,000 (A$51,170) prize—an increase of £10,000 on last year—will be announced 17 October, with the winner announced 15 November.

This is the first year the prize has been sponsored by Scottish investment company Baillie Gifford after the prize concluded its three-year agreement with an anonymous donor in 2015. All works of nonfiction by authors of any nationality are eligible for the award, which is the richest prize for nonfiction in the UK.

For more information about the prize, click here.



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