Every year since 2005, the Financial Times has given an award to the year’s outstanding business book, as chosen by a panel of eminent judges. But how do they actually choose from such a wide array of excellent books? What made them select the shortlist they picked? And who took home the prestigious prize? Host Isabel Berwick speaks to a number of the shortlisted authors, including Amy Edmondson, author of ‘Right Kind of Wrong’; Ed Conway, who wrote ‘Material World’; Siddharth Kara, whose latest book is ‘Cobalt Red’; and DeepMind co-founder Mustafa Suleyman, whose book ‘The Coming Wave’ discusses the fearsome risks that AI poses to humanity. Isabel also speaks to FT editor Roula Khalaf, and FT senior business writer Andrew Hill, who has stewarded the prize since it began.

Want to get in touch? Write to Isabel at isabel.berwick@ft.com

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FT Business Book of the Year 2023 – The Shortlist

FT Business Book of the Year 2023 – The Longlist

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Credits: Presented by Isabel Berwick, produced by Mischa Frankl-Duval and mixed by Simon Panayi. The executive producer is Manuela Saragosa. Cheryl Brumley is the FT’s head of audio.

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