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The Show

The Read Smart Podcast is hosted by BBC’s Razia Iqbal, produced by The Baillie Gifford Prize for Non-Fiction and is generously supported by the Blavatnik Family Foundation. The new series builds on last year’s successful podcasts released to celebrate the prize’s 21st anniversary. Each month, Razia explores the increasingly popular world of non-fiction books. Expect to hear from prize winning authors, judges and publishing insiders. It also goes behind the scenes of the 2020 prize, which is awarded this autumn. Find out more about the prize here: https://thebailliegiffordprize.co.uk/ Follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram @BGPrize

11 Episodes

Episode 4: The Art of Biography

Razia explores writing biographies with Baillie Gifford Prize alumni Lucy Hughes-Hallett (2013 winner), Sir Jonathan Bate (2015 shortlisted) and William Feaver (2019 shortlisted). They discuss the joys and challenges that come with studying and portraying other people’s lives. Hughes-Hallet won the prize in 2013 with The Pike (Fourth Estate), Bate was shortlisted in 2015 with Ted Hughes: The Unauthorised Life and Feaver was shortlisted in 2019 with The Lives of Lucian Freud: Youth. This episode was recorded and produced completely remotely. Read Smart Podcast is commissioned by The Baillie Gifford Prize for Non-Fiction and is generously supported by the Blavatnik Family Foundation. Follow us @BGPrize on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

26 Jun

41m

Read Smart Podcast Episode 3: Artificial Intelligence

We discuss the rise in use and popularity of Artificial Intelligence. Joining podcast host Razia Iqbal is British novelist, scientist and 2020 Baillie Gifford prize judge, Simon Ings and mathematician Hannah Fry, author of 2018 Baillie Gifford Prize shortlisted book Hello World: How to be Human in the Age of the Machine. They explore our relationship, trust and increasing dependency on machines; issues around privacy; and if creating is solely a human skill or if technology can produce original art. This episode was recorded and produced completely remotely. Read Smart Podcast is commissioned by The Baillie Gifford Prize for Non-Fiction and is generously supported by the Blavatnik Family Foundation.

29 May

38m

Read Smart Podcast Episode 2: Inside the World of Publishing

In episode 2, we’re joined by insiders from the publishing world to hear about trends in non-fiction and the world of books, and what we need in times in crisis. Host Razia Iqbal speaks to Andrew Holgate, Literary Editor of the Sunday Times; co-founder of Particular Books and publisher at Profile Books, Helen Conford; and Georgina Laycock who is a publisher at John Murray. This episode was recorded and produced completely remotely. Read Smart Podcast is commissioned by The Baillie Gifford Prize for Non-Fiction and is also generously supported by the Blavatnik Family Foundation.

27 May

30m

Read Smart: The Baillie Gifford Prize for Non-Fiction Podcast

We’re excited to announce the new Read Smart Podcast. The show is hosted by BBC’s Razia Iqbal, produced by The Baillie Gifford Prize for Non-Fiction and is generously supported by the Blavatnik Family Foundation. The new series builds on last year’s successful podcasts released to celebrate the prize’s 21st anniversary. Each month, Razia explores the increasingly popular world of non-fiction books. Expect to hear from prize winning authors, judges and publishing insiders. It also goes behind the scenes of the 2020 prize, which is awarded this autumn. We kick off Episode 1 looking at troublemakers and freedom of expression. This episode features the investigative journalist, writer and filmmaker David France, whose account of the HIV/AIDS epidemic of the 1990s, How to Survive A Plague, won The Baillie Gifford Prize 2017. Razia is also joined by Yasemin Congar, who translated I Will Never See the World Again by Ahmet Altan, which was longlisted for The Baillie Gifford Prize in 2019, and was written and published from prison, and by Hannah Trevarthen from English PEN.

27 May

36m

Baillie Gifford Prize 2019 Winner Podcast

Listen to the final episode of our podcast featuring 2019 winner Hallie Rubenhold and chair of judges Stig Abell In this episode our podcast host, Razia Iqbal, is joined by winner Hallie Rubenhold. Together they discuss The Five: The Untold Lives of The Women Killed by Jack the Ripper, and the significance of winning the Baillie Gifford Prize for Non-Fiction. You can also hear our chair of judges Stig Abell's speech from the ceremony, in which he welcomes the 'new zeitgeist' of 'expertise, quality and depth' he and the other members of the panel encountered in the judging process. That's followed by Hallie's reaction at the moment she was declared the 2019 winner. In The Five, Hallie Rubenhold reconstructs the lives of five of the women killed by the notorious Jack the Ripper, often from as little as the DNA of a single hair. The book is a riposte to prevailing Ripper myths, giving voice to the murdered women and painting a picture of the precariousness of working class lives in Victorian London.

22 Nov

25m

Episode 5

In this shortlist episode, our podcast host, Razia Iqbal, is joined by judges Dr Xand van Tulleken and Dr Myriam Francois to discuss the six chosen titles and how reading such a volume of different books is both challenging and enlightening. Iqbal also speaks with book blogger Olive Fellows about her reading initiative Non-Fiction November. Four of the six titles bring women’s lives to the forefront and two books highlight major twentieth century figures. The shortlist spans history, current affairs, mystery, art and ideology. The six titles on this year’s shortlist are: • Furious Hours, Casey Cep (William Heinemann) • On Chapel Sands, Laura Cumming (Chatto & Windus) • The Lives of Lucian Freud: Youth, William Feaver (Bloomsbury Publishing) • Maoism: A Global History, Julia Lovell (Vintage) • Guest House for Young Widows, Azadeh Moaveni (Scribe UK) • The Five: The Untold Lives of the Women Killed by Jack the Ripper, Hallie Rubenhold (Doubleday) The 21st winner of the prize will be announced on 19 November at a dinner generously hosted by The Blavatnik Family Foundation, who also support the podcast. You can watch the announcement on our Facebook livestream.

25 Oct

42m

Episode 4

In this episode, our podcast host, Razia Iqbal, is joined by judges Stig Abell and Frances Wilson to talk about the twelve books that have made it onto the longlist.

19 Sep

41m

Episode three

Episode three of the Baillie Gifford Prize podcast features prize-winning authors Helen Macdonald, Philip Hoare and The Bookseller's Tom Tivnan

29 Jul

41m

Episode two

In the second episode of this series host Razia Iqbal meets up with prize winners Antony Beevor (Stalingrad, 1999) and Margaret MacMillan (Peacemakers: The Paris Peace conference of 1919, 2002) to discuss their prize winning books.

28 Jun

36m

Episode one

Episode one includes a discussion with prize winners Philippe Sands (East West Street, 2016) and Anna Funder (Stasiland, 2004). With host Razia Iqbal, they discuss their winning books, the relationship between the personal and political, and the forensic nature of telling true stories.

26 Apr

41m

Introduction episode

To celebrate the 21st anniversary of the prize, we have launched a new podcast generously supported by the Blavatnik Family Foundation. The new series is hosted by Razia Iqbal, special correspondent at BBC, where she presents BBC World Service’s Newshour and BBC Radio 4’s The World Tonight. Episodes will feature past winners, guest hosts, and follow the 2019 prize as it unfolds in the autumn from the longlist through to shortlist and ultimately the winner being revealed. Guests will reflect on winning books from down the years, the state of contemporary non-fiction, lessons for the contemporary world and much more. In this first introductory episode, Razia sits down with Toby Mundy, Executive Director of the Prize to discuss its heritage and history as well as what we can expect to hear in future podcasts. Stay tuned for our next episode out in April featuring two of our past winners Anna Funder and Philippe Sands. The longlist for the 2019 prize will be announced in September, with the shortlist following in October. The winner will be announced in November at a ceremony hosted by the Blavatnik Family Foundation.

22 Mar

19m