Baillie Gifford Prize

The Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction (motto: "All the Best Stories are True") is one of the most prestigious prizes for non-fiction writing. It was founded in 1999 following the demise of the NCR Book Award and based on an anonymous donation. The prize is named after Samuel Johnson. The prize covers current affairs, history, politics, science, sport, travel, biography, autobiography and the… (more)

 

2009 selection

The Whale: In Search of the Giants of the Sea

Baillie Gifford Prize 2009

by Philip Hoare

“Unpredictable and amusing and informative and original, cavorting between biology, history, travel writing, and memoir.”

—Mark Kurlansky

 

The Whale by Philip Hoare is a enthralling and eye-opening literary...


2006 selection

A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare

Baillie Gifford Prize 2006

by James Shapiro

What accounts for Shakespeare’s transformation from talented poet and playwright to one of the greatest writers who ever lived? In this gripping account, James Shapiro sets out to answer this question, "succeed[ing]...


2004 selection

Stasiland: Stories from Behind the Berlin Wall

Baillie Gifford Prize 2004

by Anna Funder

Stasiland demonstrates that great, originalreporting is still possible. . . . A heartbreaking, beautifully written book. Aclassic.” —Claire Tomalin, Guardian “Books ofthe Year”

AnnaFunder delivers...