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2011 The Baillie Gifford Prize for Non-Fiction

The 13th edition of the prize saw a list of nominated books that included a provocative exploration of how culture affects language, the history of a family told through 264 ivory and wood carvings, a non-fiction thriller of a horrific crime and subsequent trial in Japan, an intimate exploration of sexuality in marriage in early and mid twentieth-century England, the history of China’s most devastating catastrophe, and a biography of one of the greatest storytellers of all time.

Longlist announced

15 April 2011

Shortlist announced

14 June 2011

Winner & prize ceremony

6 July 2011

What the judges said

"Frank Dikötter has created a harrowing, superbly-written indictment of Mao's disastrous revolutionary experiment that led to the unnecessary deaths of 45 million Chinese people.”

Frank Dikötter with his winning book 'Mao's Great Famine'

View the gallery of the prize-giving ceremony

What the judges said

"While one of these great books certainly deserves to win, five do not deserve to lose."

Meet the judges for 2011

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

Ben Macintyre

Shortlisted for the Costa Biography of the Year award and the National Book Awards

David Goodhart

Former editor of Prospect Magazine

Sam Leith

Literary editor of The Spectator

Brenda Maddox

Past chairman of the Broadcasting Press Guild and of the Association of British Science Writers

Amanda Vickery

Fellow of the British Academy

More about the judges