Mark O’Connell’s To Be a Machine has been shortlisted for the Baillie Gifford Prize, the UK’s premier prize for non-fiction. O'Connell is joined by authors Christopher de Bellaigue, David France, Kapka Kassabova, Daniel Mendelsohn and Simon Schama on the shortlist. The winner will be the recipient of a £30,000 prize, to be awarded on 16th November 2017. The Baillie Gifford, formerly known as the Samuel Johnson Prize (1999-2015) is open to authors of any nationality.
In To Be a Machine, O’Connell explores transhumanism, the movement to use technology to enhance human intellectual and physical capability. Hailed “an important book, as well as a seriously funny one” by the Sunday Times, it has previously been shortlisted for the 2017 Royal Society Insight Investment Science Book Prize.