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Read Smart: In Conversation: - Jonathan Freedland

4 November 2022

Discover the Baillie Gifford Prize shortlist Toby Mundy, the prize’s director and Jonathan Freedland, author of The Escape Artist, which tells the story of Rudolph Vrba, who escaped Auschwitz to warn the world about the horrors of the Holocaust, saving thousands of lives.

Tune in to hear what drew Jonathan to Vrba’s story in the first place, and why it’s important we allow survivors to be flawed.

If you want to know more about the books on the shortlist, then join the Baillie Gifford Prize’s director, Toby Mundy on the podcast over the next few weeks. Toby will be talking to each of the shortlisted authors about their work and what it’s like to make the shortlist. You can join us on our social media channels where we’ll be sharing trailers for each of the shortlist, including author readings and appearances from some familiar faces.

This year’s winner will be announced on 17 November at the Science Museum at a gala dinner generously supported by the Blavatnik Family Foundation. The announcement will also be livestreamed across the Baillie Gifford Prize social channels.

Don't miss the winner of the 2022 prize being interviewed at the Cambridge Literary Festival on Sunday 20 November this year.

Read Smart Podcast is commissioned by The Baillie Gifford Prize for Non-Fiction and is generously supported by the Blavatnik Family Foundation.