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Shortlist announced for 2018 Baillie Gifford Prize

In the UK, the shortlist for the £30,000 (A$54,720) Baillie Gifford Prize, which recognises nonfiction writing by authors of any nationality, has been announced.

The shortlisted titles are:

  • Hello World: How to be Human in The Age of The Machine (Hannah Fry, Doubleday)
  • The Spy and the Traitor (Ben Macintyre, Viking)
  • Amateur: A True Story About What Makes a Man (Thomas Page McBee, Canongate)
  • Imperial Twilight: The Opium War and the End of China’s Last Golden Age (Stephen R Platt, Atlantic)
  • Chernobyl: History of A Tragedy (Serhii Plokhy, Allen Lane)
  • She Has Her Mother’s Laugh: The Powers, Perversions and Potential of Heredity (Carl Zimmer, Macmillan).

The shortlist comprises four books by US authors and two books by UK authors.

The prize, previously known as the Samuel Johnson Prize, is sponsored by Scottish investment company Baillie Gifford, after the award concluded its three-year agreement with an anonymous donor in 2015.

The winner will be announced on 14 November. For more information, see the website.



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