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.
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Read Smart: Series 2 Episode 7: The Longlist Episode
Our latest episode of the Read Smart podcast is out now.
Join us this week for our annual longlist episode. Our host Razia Iqbal is joined by two of our judges - historian, author, columnist and television presenter Dominic Sandbrook and historian and writer Kathryn Hughes. Together, Razia and our guests explore the depth and variety of the thirteen books on this year’s longlist, as well as which qualities define the best works of non-fiction.
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Read Smart: Series 2 Episode 6: Publishing in America
In our latest episode of the Read Smart podcast, host Toby Mundy is joined by founder of Daunt Books and managing director of Waterstones in the UK and Barnes and Nobile in the US, James Daunt alongside CEO and publisher of Grove Atlantic, Morgan Entrekin.
Our two guests discuss American publishing, delving into the lasting consequences of the pandemic, the difference between US and UK bookselling and the politics of readership.
Join us next time for the Longlist episode! This year the 2021 prize longlist will be announced on 9th September, followed by the shortlist on 15th October. The winner of the prize this year will then be announced on 16th November.
The Read Smart Podcast is commissioned by The Baillie Gifford Prize for Non-Fiction and is generously supported by the Blavatnik Family Foundation.
Episode 5: Sports Writing
In our latest episode of the Read Smart podcast, host Razia Iqbal is joined by sports journalist Alyson Rudd and novelist Boris Starling.
Together, Razia and our guests delve into the topic of sports writing and what truly makes a good sports book. Alyson and Boris speak on their own experiences with researching and commentating sport, as well as the complex nature of ghostwriting. The podcast closes on the subject of which sports are the most exciting to read about and which particular sports novels the two guests will never forget.
Read Smart: Season 2 Episode 4: The Cutting Room Floor
This week, host Razia Iqbal is joined by biographer and previous judge Frances Wilson and writer Jasper Rees. Jasper and Frances give us insight into their own experiences, their thoughts on what it takes to write a great biography and what biographers should leave on ‘the cutting room floor’.
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Read Smart: Season 2 Episode 3: Writing Royal Biographies
In this episode of the Read Smart Podcast join us and host Razia Iqbal in conversation with Biographer Penny Junor and 2020 Baillie Gifford prize winner Craig Brown about the challenges and nuances of writing on the royal family, the hit TV show The Crown, and how they believe the Oprah Winfrey interview with Meghan and Harry has affected the royal family.
Season 2 Episode 2: Health 2021
Books about health and the NHS have proved popular in the last few years, but in light of the events of last year and the ongoing effects of the Covid 19 pandemic, there is now a growing appetite for information and analysis around public health.
In this week’s episode, host Razia Iqbal is in conversation with Madeleine Bunting, former Baillie Gifford Prize longlisted author for her book Labours of Love, and doctor, TV presenter, and 2019 Baillie Gifford judge Dr Xand. The guests open up about the way the pandemic has affected their personal and professional lives, as well as pointing to some of the severe flaws in the health and social care system that have recently come to light. The discussion touches on some key topics related to health and information that are shaping our understanding on the current world around us.