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23 October 2018

Baillie Gifford Prize 2018 shortlist

2 October 2018

The 2018 shortlist includes Amateur: A True Story About What Makes a Man by Thomas Page McBee (Canongate Books).

The six titles on this year's shortlist are:

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

The winner will be announced on 14 November.

Formerly known as The Samuel Johnson Prize (1999 - 2015), it is the most prestigious non-fiction prize in the UK and worth £30,000 to the winner. The Baillie Gifford Prize aims to reward the best of non-fiction and is open to authors of any nationality. It covers all non-fiction in the areas of current affairs, history, politics, science, sport, travel, biography, autobiography and the arts. For more about the prize, see its website.