Picador are thrilled to announce that How to Survive a Plague by David France has been shortlisted for the 2017 Baillie Gifford Prize, an annual prize celebrating the best in non-fiction writing.

How to Survive a Plague is the story of the grassroots AIDS activists who helped develop the essential drugs that shifted the tide in the fight against an infection that was mostly fatal at the time, changing the treatment of AIDs forever. In the book, David France weaves together the stories of dozens of individuals - many of whom were suffering from the disease - creating an insider's account of a pivotal moment in our history and one that changed the way that medical science is practised worldwide. The book is based on David France's Oscar-nominated documentary of the same name. 

Since publication in December 2016, How to Survive a Plague has won the 2017 Green Carnation Award, the Lambda Literary Award for LGBT non-fiction and been shortlisted for the 2017 Wellcome Book Prize.

The 6 titles on the 2017 Baillie Gifford Prize longlist are:
  • The Islamic Enlightenment: The Modern Struggle Between Faith and Reason, Christopher de Bellaigue (The Bodley Head)
  • How to Survive A Plague, David France (Picador)
  • Border: A Journey to The Edge of Europe, Kapka Kassabova (Granta Books)
  • An Odyssey: A Father, A Son and an Epic, Daniel Mendelsohn (William Collins)
  • To Be A Machine: Adventures Among Cyborgs, Utopians, Hackers, and the Futurists Solving the Modest Problem of Death, Mark O’Connell (Granta Books)
  • Belonging: the Story of the Jews, 1492-1900, Simon Schama (The Bodley Head)