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The Baillie Gifford Prize for Non-Fiction 2021

The Baillie Gifford Prize for Non-Fiction 2021


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.


Key dates for the 2021 Prize:

  • Longlist was announced on Thursday 9 September
  • Shortlist was announced on Friday 15 October
  • Winner of the prize will be announced on Tuesday 16 November

The Longlist

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