British Academy Book Prize for Global Cultural Understanding
The British Academy Book Prize, worth £25,000, is awarded annually for a non-fiction book that promotes global cultural understanding.
British Academy Book Prize
Now in its 10th year, the £25,000 Prize is awarded annually for a non-fiction book that has made an outstanding contribution to global cultural understanding for a wider public audience. The British Academy is the UK’s national academy for humanities and social sciences, and eligible books come from the subjects that fall within those disciplines, from archaeology, history and psychology to philosophy, languages and cultural studies.
Nominations for the 2022 British Academy Book Prize will bring together books that demonstrate rigorous original and high-quality research, which are accessible and engaging to read. The Book Prize judges will select a shortlist of up to six books to be announced in September. The winner of the 2022 prize will be announced in October. The 2022 nomination deadline has now passed.
The 2021 British Academy Book Prize for Global Cultural Understanding winner's event
Key dates 2022
|Opening of the 2022 Prize for nominations||31 January|
|Event with Sujit Sivasundaram to mark the opening of the cycle||1 February|
|Closing of nomination period||31 March|
|Shortlist announcement||6 September|
|Shortlist event||October (date tbc)|
|Winner announcement||26 October|
Winner announcement for the 2021 British Academy Book Prize for Global Cultural Understanding
The 2021 British Academy Book Prize for Global Cultural Understanding shortlist event
Extracts from the 2021 shortlist
"Waves Across the South: A New History of Revolution and Empire" by Professor Sujit Sivasundaram
Professor Sujit Sivasundaram explores how indigenous Asian regimes in the late 18th and early 19th centuries actively responded to and withstood European colonial advances.
"Islands of Abandonment: Life in the Post-Human Landscape" by Cal Flyn
Author and journalist Cal Flyn interrogates our "self-appointed role as steward of the planet".
"Neither Settler Nor Native: The Making and Unmaking of Permanent Minorities" by Professor Mahmood Mamdani FBA
In this extract from "Neither Settler Nor Native", Professor Mahmood Mamdani FBA explores the impact of colonialism on Sudan.
Channel 4 News broadcaster and journalist
Philippe Sands QC FRSL
Lawyer, academic and writer, University College London and Matrix Chambers
Coverage of the prize
Learn more about the winning author, Sujit Sivasundaram and his prize-winning book, Waves Across the South: A New History of Revolution and Empire.
In this interview with The World Today (Chatham House) prize-winning author, Sujit Sivasundaram, talks to Mariana Vieira about the stories behind today’s culture wars and environmental crisis.
Read an extract on Literary Hub from the 2021 British Academy Book Prize winner, Waves Across the South: A New History of Revolution and Empire by Sujit Sivasundaram.
Watch this inspiring interview with Sujit Sivasundaram, winner of the ninth British Academy Book Prize for Global Cultural Understanding, in conversation with Tharusha Kumarasinghe for Newsfirst Sri Lanka.
Listen to this year’s four shortlisted authors in conversation with Professor Rana Mitter FBA on BBC Radio 3’s Free Thinking.
Chair of the Book Prize jury, Patrick Wright FBA, discusses the 2021 shortlist with Sophie Roell, Editor of Five Books.
Join literary blogger, Eric Karl Anderson, the Lonesome Reader, as he explores the non-fiction shortlist for the 2021 British Academy Book Prize.
History of the prize
The British Academy Book Prize, formally known as the Nayef Al Rodhan Prize for Global Cultural Understanding, was launched in 2013 in partnership with Professor Nayef Al-Rodhan with the aim of establishing a significant force in global publishing and prizegiving. Since then, the prize has recognised a distinguished array of shortlisted authors and eventual winners. Their work explores many different aspects of global cultural understanding and combines original academic enquiry with engaging story-telling to reach the broadest possible public audience.