Peter Bazalgette is chair of the judging panel of the 2017 Baillie Gifford Prize for Non-Fiction. He is Chairman of ITV and is currently leading an independent review into the UK’s creative industries as part of the Government’s new Industrial Strategy. Peter is also Chair of HM Government’s Holocaust Memorial Foundation and serves on the Advisory Boards of BBH and YouGov. From 2013 until 2017 he was Chair of Arts Council England.
Books by Peter Bazalgette
Interviews with Peter Bazalgette
The Islamic Enlightenment: The Struggle Between Faith and Reason, 1798 to Modern Times
by Christopher de Bellaigue
How to Survive a Plague: The Story of How Activists and Scientists Tamed Aids
by David France
Border: A Journey to the Edge of Europe
by Kapka Kassabova
An Odyssey: A Father, a Son, and an Epic
by Daniel Mendelsohn
To Be a Machine: Adventures Among Cyborgs, Utopians, Hackers, and the Futurists Solving the Modest Problem of Death
by Mark O'Connell
Belonging: The Story of the Jews 1492–1900
by Simon Schama
It’s hard to choose the very best nonfiction books of 2017, but the Baillie Gifford Prize aims to do just that. The chair of this year’s judging panel, Peter Bazalgette, talks us through the six fabulous books that made the shortlist.