Friday, 23 September 2016

Baillie Gifford Prize

Long list for the Baillie Gifford (formerly the Samuel Johnson) prize has just been announced:

Second-hand Time, Svetlana Alexievich, translated by Bela Shayevich (Fitzcarraldo Editions) 
The Vanishing Man, Laura Cumming (Chatto & Windus)
Being a Beast, Charles Foster (Profile Books)
Stalin and the Scientists, Simon Ings (Faber & Faber)
Negroland: A Memoir, Margo Jefferson (Granta Books)
This is London, Ben Judah (Picador)
The Return: Fathers, Sons and the Land In Between, Hisham Matar (Viking)
The Gene, Siddhartha Mukherjee (Bodley Head)
East West Street, Philippe Sands (Weidenfeld & Nicolson)

Guilty Thing: A Life of Thomas De Quincey, Frances Wilson (Bloomsbury)

Not a bad collection of books there. I have read Being a Beast and Gene so far. Looking forward to the shortlist.

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