Shortlist announced for 2017 Baillie Gifford Prize
The shortlist for the £30,000 (A$50,812) Baillie Gifford Prize, which recognises nonfiction writing by authors of any nationality, has been announced.
The shortlisted titles are:
- The Islamic Enlightenment: The Modern Struggle Between Faith and Reason (Christopher de Bellaigue, The Bodley Head)
- How to Survive a Plague (David France, Picador)
- Border: A Journey to the Edge of Europe (Kapka Kassabova, Granta Books)
- 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)
- Belonging: The Story of the Jews, 1492-1900 (Simon Schama, The Bodley Head)
The shortlist was chosen from a longlist of 12.
This is the first year the prize, previously known as the Samuel Johnson Prize, has been sponsored by Scottish investment company Baillie Gifford, after the prize concluded its three-year agreement with an anonymous donor in 2015.
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