13 Books Make Longlist for Baillie Gifford Prize for Non-Fiction

The longlist for the £50,000 Baillie Gifford Prize for Non-Fiction, which celebrates the best in non-fiction writing in the U.K., was announced today. The list includes 13 titles, eight by women and five by men.

The shortlist for the 2020 award will be announced on October 15 and the winner on November 24.

The titles on this year’s longlist are:

  • One Two Three Four: The Beatles in Time by Craig Brown (Harper Collins, 4th Estate)
  • Labours of Love - The Crisis of Care by Madeleine Bunting (Granta Publications, Granta)
  • Dear Life by Rachel Clarke (Little, Brown)
  • The Idea of the Brain: A History by Matthew Cobb (Profile Books)
  • Eat the Buddha - The Story of Modern Tibet Through the People of One Town by Barbara Demick (Granta Publications, Granta)
  • The Lives of Lucian Freud: FAME 1968- 2011 by William Feaver (Bloomsbury Publishing)
  • Black Spartacus: The Epic Life of Toussaint Louverture by Sudhir Hazareesingh (Penguin Random House, Allen Lane)
  • Our Bodies, Their Battlefield: What War Does to Women by Christina Lamb (Harper Collins, William Collins)
  • Diary of a Young Naturalist by Dara McAnulty (Little Toller)
  • Those Who Forget: One Family's Story; A Memoir, a History, a Warning by Géraldine Schwarz (Pushkin Press)
  • Stranger in the Shogun's City: A Woman’s Life in Nineteenth-Century Japan by Amy Stanley (Vintage, Chatto & Windus)
  • The Haunting of Alma Fielding: A True Ghost Story by Kate Summerscale (Bloomsbury Publishing, Bloomsbury Circus)
  • Square Haunting: Five Women, Freedom and London Between the Wars by Francesca Wade (Faber & Faber)
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