The Baillie Gifford Prize shortlist 2019

The Baillie Gifford prize is the UK’s most prestigious award for nonfiction writing. This year’s shortlist contains works of history, true crime, memoir and biography.

Here are the six titles on the 2019 shortlist:

Stig Abell, editor of the Times Literary Supplement and chair of judges, said: ‘I think we’ve ended up with a shortlist full of brilliance and verve, huge scope and evocative detail. I urge everyone to get reading these books. They will not be disappointed. The winner, when it emerges, will have beaten some magnificent competition.’

The 2019 winner will be revealed on 19 November. Find out more about this year’s shortlist and the Prize itself here.

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