Baillie Gifford Prize longlist 2017

How to Survive a Plague: The Story of How Activists and Scientists Tamed AIDS

How to Survive a Plague: The Story of How Activists and Scientists Tamed AIDS

David France

'Epoch-making . . . Brilliantly told. Informative, entertaining, suspenseful, moving, and personal.' Edmund White

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Belonging: The Story of the Jews 1492-1900

Belonging: The Story of the Jews 1492-1900

Simon Schama

Here is a passionate history of a world unfolding across many continents and five centuries by one of our greatest and internationally bestselling historians.

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I Was Told To Come Alone: My Journey Behind the Lines of Jihad

I Was Told To Come Alone: My Journey Behind the Lines of Jihad

Souad Mekhennet

Souad Mekhennet is a German-born Moroccan Muslim, a Washington Post correspondent, still based in Germany. This is her brave and powerful memoir. Her life and her quest are nothing less than THE modern story.

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The Islamic Enlightenment: The Modern Struggle Between Faith and Reason

The Islamic Enlightenment: The Modern Struggle Between Faith and Reason

Christopher de Bellaigue

But, from the beginning of the nineteenth century to the present day, Islamic society in its Middle Eastern heartlands has in fact been transformed by modern ideals and practices, including the adoption of modern medicine, the...

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Plot 29: A Memoir: Longlisted for the Baillie Gifford and Wellcome Book Prize

Plot 29: A Memoir: Longlisted for the Baillie Gifford and Wellcome Book Prize

Allan Jenkins

`When I am disturbed, even angry, gardening has been a therapy. When I don't want to talk I turn to Plot 29, or to a wilder piece of land by a northern sea. There, among seeds and trees, my breathing slows; my heart rate too. My...

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An Odyssey: A Father, A Son and an Epic

An Odyssey: A Father, A Son and an Epic

Daniel Mendelsohn

From the award-winning, best-selling writer: a deeply moving tale of a father and son's transformative journey in reading-and relivin -Homer's epic masterpiece. My favourite classicist once again combines meticulous...

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A Bold and Dangerous Family: The Rossellis and the Fight Against Mussolini

A Bold and Dangerous Family: The Rossellis and the Fight Against Mussolini

Caroline Moorehead

Mussolini was not only ruthless: he was subtle and manipulative. But the tide turned in 1924 when his assassins went too far, horror spread across Italy and twenty years of struggle began. Among those whose disgust hardened into...

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Mr Lear: A Life of Art and Nonsense

Mr Lear: A Life of Art and Nonsense

Jenny Uglow

A beautifully illustrated, literary appreciation of Edward Lear - best-known for his poem 'The Owl and the Pussycat' - and his 'nonsenses' by one of Britain's most highly regarded historians.

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