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2003 The Baillie Gifford Prize for Non-Fiction

In what is often viewed as a male-dominated genre, male and female authors were equally represented in shortlist of the fifth edition of the prize. The shortlist also included fresh names alongside established writers; both Olivia Judson and Edgar Vincent were first-time authors.

Longlist announced

29 March 2003

Shortlist announced

1 May 2003

Winner & prize ceremony

9 June 2003

What the judges said

“Whilst Pushkin does not translate well into English, Binyon has undertaken a massive task to reveal his genius to us and has written a gripping and intimate account of his life and death”

What the judges said

"Each book brings a different perspective on life – and we would urge everyone to seek out and read these books, even before the winner is announced.”

Meet the judges for 2003

The longlist, shortlist and winner is chosen by a panel of independent judges, which changes every year

Rosie Boycott

Former editor of Esquire

Michael Portillo

Former Conservative politician and MP

Tim Radford

Four-time winner of the Association of British Science Writers award for science writer of the year

Andrew Roberts

Winner of the 2000 Wolfson History Prize

Fiammetta Rocco

Senior Editor and Culture Correspondent at The Economist

More about the judges