Jewish Quarterly is delighted to announce the long list for the 2016 JQ Wingate Prize. These 12 books are from all over the world and include four novels, three biographies, three family memoirs, one book documenting the history of the Nazi concentration camps and one looking at life after the liberation of the camps.
The JQ Wingate Prize was established in 1977 and is run in association with JW3. It is the only UK literary prize of its kind, it attracts nominations from all across the globe, and is worth £4,000, awarded to the best book – fiction or non-fiction – to translate the idea of Jewishness to the general reader. Past winners include Amos Oz, Zadie Smith, Oliver Sacks, David Grossman, and Thomas Harding.
The longlisted books are:
The House of Twenty Thousand Books by Sasha Abramsky
The Girl from Human Street by Roger Cohen
The Hilltop by Assaf Gavron
Ishmael’s Oranges by Claire Hajaj
Mr. and Mrs. Disraeli by Daisy Hay
J by Howard Jacobson
The Life of Saul Bellow by Zachary Leader
Between Gods by Alison Pick
The Impossible Exile by George Prochnik
The Improbability of Love by Hannah Rothschild
The Liberation of the Camps by Dan Stone
KL: A History of the Nazi Concentration Camps by Nikolaus Wachsmann
“Before we began, we didn’t know what would emerge as this year’s biggest concerns,” explains chair of judges Samantha Ellis. “We found that the Holocaust is still the most important theme and writers are wrestling with its legacy in new and powerful ways. We were moved by the surprising response to exile, found that the complexities of life in Israel are inspiring some very searching fiction and were fascinated by the ways British-Jewish writers are navigating their identities on the page. Many of the books are deeply literary. All are urgent stories, told with passion and courage. We look forward to trying to select a short list; it won’t be easy.”
To reserve free tickets for the announcement of the JQ-Wingate Prize short list – a panel discussion with judges and JQ editor Nicola Christie – at 8 P.M. on Sunday, February 21st at Kings Place, call the box office at 020 7520 1490 or book online.