Arifa Akbar and Ruth Scurr on the 2023 Baillie Gifford Prize Longlist
In Conversation with Razia Iqbal on the Baillie Gifford Prize Podcast, Read Smart
The Read Smart podcast returns with two of our 2023 judges – Arifa Akbar and Ruth Scurr – delving into the 2023 longlist with our host, Razia Iqbal. Spanning the complex themes of war, memory, revolution and science, this year’s longlist illuminates a myriad of historical topics, bringing to life forgotten stories that address the most urgent concerns for our future.
The 2023 Baillie Gifford Prize Longlist:
Power and Progress: Our Thousand-Year Struggle Over Technology and Prosperity by Daron Acemoglu and Simon Johnson • Time to Think: The Inside Story of the Collapse of the Tavistock’s Gender Service for Children by Hannah Barnes • Red Memory by Tania Branigan • Revolutionary Spring: Fighting for a New World 1848-1849 by Christopher Clark • Time’s Echo: The Second World War, The Holocaust, and The Music of Remembrance by Jeremy Eichler • The Wager: A Tale of Shipwreck, Mutiny and Murder by David Grann • Mr. B: George Balanchine’s Twentieth Century by Jennifer Homans • Beyond the Wall: East Germany, 1949-1990 by Katja Hoyer • All That She Carried: The Journey of Ashley’s Sack, a Black Family Keepsake by Tiya Miles • The Song of the Cell: An Exploration of Medicine and the New Human by Siddhartha Mukherjee • A Day in the Life of Abed Salama: A Palestine Story by Nathan Thrall • Fire Weather: A True Story from a Hotter World by John Vaillant • Ultra Processed People: Why Do We All Eat Stuff That Isn’t Food … and Why Can’t We Stop? by Chris van Tulleken
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