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Baillie Gifford Prize for Nonfiction 2019 longlist announced

In the UK, the longlist for this year’s Baillie Gifford Prize for Nonfiction, formerly the Samuel Johnson Prize, has been announced.

The 10 longlisted titles are:

  • I Will Never See the World Again (Ahmet Altan, trans by Yasemin Çongar, Granta)
  • Furious Hours: Murder, fraud and the last trial of Harper Lee (Casey Cep, William Heinemann)
  • On Chapel Sands: My mother and other missing persons (Laura Cumming, Chatto & Windus)
  • The Anarchy: The relentless rise of the East India Company (William Dalrymple, Bloomsbury)
  • Homesick: Why I live in a shed (Catrina Davies, Riverrun)
  • The Lives of Lucian Freud: Youth 1922-1968 (William Feaver, Bloomsbury Publishing)
  • The Windrush Betrayal: Exposing the hostile environment (Amelia Gentleman, Guardian Books)
  • Maoism: A global history (Julia Lovell, Vintage)
  • The Ministry of Truth: A biography of George Orwell’s 1984 (Dorian Lynskey, Picador)
  • Guest House for Young Widows: Among the women of ISIS (Azadeh Moaveni, Scribe)
  • The Five: The untold lives of the women killed by Jack the Ripper (Hallie Rubenhold, Doubleday)
  • The Outlaw Ocean: Crime and survival in the last untamed frontier (Ian Urbina, Bodley Head).

The shortlist for the £50,000 (A$90,820) prize—an increase of £20,000 ($A36, 370) on last year—will be announced 22 October, with the winner announced 19 November.

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, see the website.


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