The Baillie Gifford Prize

Key facts

Sponsors / partners

Baillie Gifford

Genres / categories

Genre, Literary fiction & poetry

Prize money: £30,000

Key dates

Winner(s) announced: 14/11/2018

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.

Formerly known as The Samuel Johnson Prize (1999 – 2015) it is worth £30,000 to the winner.

The six titles on the 2018 shortlist 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 Books)
  • 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 (Picador)