David France wins the 2017 Baillie Gifford Prize!

Article published on November 17, 2017.

Congratulations David France on winning the 2017 Baillie Gifford Prize with How to Survive a Plague!

“How to Survive a Plague by David France is 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.

Not since the publication of Randy Shilts’s now classic And the Band Played On in 1987 has a book sought to measure the AIDS plague in such brutally human, intimate, and soaring terms.

Weaving together the stories of dozens of individuals, this is an insider’s account of a pivotal moment in our history and one that changed the way that medical science is practised worldwide.”

The 2017 shortlist for the Baillie Gifford Prize:


Click on the titles above to read Paul Cheney’s reviews of the shortlisted titles.



Baillie Gifford Shortlist 2017: Border: A Journey to the Edge of Europe by Kapka Kassabova


The Second Body by Daisy Hildyard

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