David France talks to Philippe Sands

A conversation between the winners of the 2016 and 2017 Baillie Gifford Prizes for non-fiction. France tells Sands the riveting, powerful and profoundly moving story of the AIDS epidemic and the grass-roots movement of activists, many of them facing their own life-or-death struggles, who grabbed the reins of scientific research to help develop the drugs that turned HIV from a mostly fatal infection to a manageable disease. Around the globe, the 15.8 million people taking anti-AIDS drugs today are alive thanks to their efforts.

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    27/05/2018 8:30 PM

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    27/05/2018 8:30 PM

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About David France

David France is the author of Our Fathers, a book about the Catholic sexual abuse scandal, which Showtime adapted into a film. His fourth book, How To Survive A Plague: The Story of How Activists and Scientists Tamed AIDS was shortlisted for the Wellcome Book Prize, and won the Green Carnation Prize for LGBTQ Literature. His documentary of the same name, which also examined the early years of the U.S. AIDS epidemic, was a 2012 Oscars nominee, won a Directors Guild Award and a Peabody Award, and was nominated for two Emmys, among other accolades.