Posted on March 9, 2023 at 12:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek
The Baillie Gifford Prize for Nonfiction is celebrating a milestone with a winner of winners award.
The Guardian reports that judges chose six titles from the previous twenty-four years of the prize, and those books will compete for a £25,000 purse (about $27,800) to mark the award's twenty-fifth anniversary.
Notable observations about the contenders: just one author is British, though half of the titles deal with British icons; and two-thirds of the shortlisted authors are male, representing the same proportion of authors who have won in the past.
Here's the shortlist, with the winner to be announced April 27:
One Two Three Four: The Beatles in Time by Craig Brown
Nothing to Envy: Real Lives in North Korea by Barbara Demick
Empire of Pain: The Secret History of the Sackler Dynasty by Patrick Radden Keefe
Paris 1919: Six Months That Changed The World by Margaret Macmillan
1599: A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare by James Shapiro
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