The Baillie Gifford Prize for Non-Fiction 2021

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Baillie Gifford Prize 2021 Longlist

Winner: Empire of Pain

Longlisted for the 2021 FT/McKinsey Business Book of the Year Award The gripping and shocking story of three generations of the Sackler family and their roles in the stories of Valium, Oxycontin and the opioid crisis. The Sackler name adorns the walls of many storied institutions - Harvard; the Metropolitan Museum of Art; Oxford; the Louvre. They are one of ...

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The Baillie Gifford Prize for Non-Fiction 2021: Baillie Gifford Prize for Non-Fiction 2021 Longlist

Longlisted Books

Formerly known as The Samuel Johnson Prize (1999 – 2015) it is the most prestigious non-fiction prize in the UK, worth £50,000 to the winner.

This year’s longlist explores empire and its impact, personal stories, the environment and notorious historical figures and a range of international authors figure, including two books in translation.

The shortlist for the 2021 award was announced on Friday 15 October, live from the Cheltenham Literature Festival.

The winner of the 2021 Baillie Gifford Prize for Non-Fiction was announced at an event at the Science Museum, generously supported by the Blavatnik Family Foundation, on Tuesday 16 November.

The winner will receive £50,000 and each of the shortlisted authors will receive £1,000.

About The Baillie Gifford Prize for Non-Fiction

The Baillie Gifford Prize rewards excellence in non-fiction writing, bringing the best in intelligent reflection on the world to new readers. It covers all non-fiction in the areas of current affairs, history, politics, science, sport, travel, biography, autobiography and the arts.

The winner of the 2020 Baillie Gifford Prize of Non-Fiction is Craig Brown for One Two Three Four: The Beatles in Time (Harper Collins, 4th Estate)

The Baillie Gifford Prize podcast, Read Smart, explores the increasingly popular world of non-fiction books and follows the Prize throughout the year as it unfolds. Read Smart is hosted by BBC's Razia Iqbal and is generously supported by the Blavatnik Family Foundation. Learn more about the podcast here.