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Meet the judges for 2022

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

Caroline Sanderson

Caroline Sanderson is this year's Chair of Judges. She is a writer and books journalist, and Associate Editor of The Bookseller magazine for which she has compiled a monthly preview of forthcoming non-fiction since 2000.

Caroline is also an Associate Fellow of the Royal Literary Fund, and the host of Authors’ Matters, the podcast of the Authors’ Licensing & Collecting Society.

Programme Director of Stroud Book Festival, in the Cotswolds town where she lives, Caroline is herself the author of five non-fiction books, including biographies of Jane Austen and the singer, Adele.

Rachel Cooke

Rachel Cooke is an award-winning journalist. She is a writer and columnist at the Observer, and the television critic of the New Statesman. Her essays are regularly broadcast on BBC Radio 3. Her book, Her Brilliant Career: Ten Extraordinary Women of the Fifties, is published by Virago. She’s currently working on a book exploring ideas around bad behaviour and good art.

Georgina Godwin

Georgina Godwin is a broadcast journalist, and presents the author interview programme “Meet the Writers”, and the current affairs show “The Globalist” on Monocle 24. She’s also Books Editor for the station and chairs literary events worldwide. She is on the boards of the charities English PEN and Developing Artists.

Clive Myrie

Clive Myrie is a multi-award-winning journalist, one of the BBC’s most experienced foreign correspondents and a household name as a BBC News presenter. In 2021 he took over as the host of the long-running BBC TV series, Mastermind.

Clive has served as the BBC’s Asia, Africa, Washington and Europe Correspondent. He has a particular interest in US politics, having covered the administrations of three Presidents (Clinton, Bush and Obama,) and reported on numerous Congressional mid-term elections, as well as seven Presidential races, including the elections of Donald Trump and Joe Biden.

As well as presenting the One, Six and Ten 0’Clock News bulletins on BBC One, and hosting news shows on the BBC News Channel, Clive continues to travel the world as a reporter, and makes features and programmes for Panorama, Newsnight and Radio 4.

In 2022, Myrie travelled to Ukraine to report from the front line for the BBC.

He was born in Bolton, Lancashire and studied law at the University of Sussex.

Laura Spinney

Laura Spinney is a writer and science journalist. Her writing on science has appeared in The Guardian, The Economist, Nature and National Geographic, among others. She is the author of two novels, The Doctor (2001) and The Quick (2007), and a collection of oral history, Rue Centrale (2013). Her bestselling non-fiction account of the 1918 influenza pandemic, Pale Rider: The Spanish Flu of 1918 and How it Changed the World (2017), was published in the UK by Jonathan Cape and has been translated into 20 other languages. She lives in Paris.

Samanth Subramanian

Samanth Subramanian, a writer and journalist in London, is most recently the author of "A Dominant Character," a biography of JBS Haldane. His earlier book, "This Divided Island: Stories from the Sri Lankan War," was shortlisted for the Baillie Gifford Prize in 2015.

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