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Jewish book awards

by: Leslie Bunder - Last updated: 2007-02-28



The shortlist for this year's Jewish Quarterly Wingate Literary Prize for Fiction and Non-Fiction has been announced and six authors will compete for the top prize of £5,000 which will be announced on May 1.

Bad Faith by Carmen Callil, Kalooki Nights by Howard Jacobson,
City of Oranges Adam LeBor, The Earl of Petticoat Lane by Andrew Miller Heinemann, Suite Française Irene Nemirovsky and A Woman in Jerusalem AB Yehoshua made it to the final list.

The books have been shortlisted by a panel of judges who are chaired by journalist Yasmin Alibhai-Brown and include Professor Michael Baum, writer/producer Michael Kustow and author Anne Sebba.

"This year's list well reflects the sheer variety of major original work, of broad general interest, being published on Jewish themes," said Jewish Quarterly editor Matthew Reisz.

He added: "The fiction includes a haunting novella by one of Israel’s leading writers, a typically exuberant and challenging book by a British master at the height of his powers and possibly the most impressive "rediscovered novel" of recent years. The non-fiction is equally wide-ranging and impressive, covering everything from the social rise of an East End lingerie entrepreneur to the dilemmas of coexistence in Israel-Palestine and the dark heart of the German Occupation of France."