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Book prize shortlist

by: Leslie Bunder - Last updated: 2008-03-19



Four books have been shortlisted for the annual Jewish Quarterly Wingate Literary Prize for Fiction and Non-Fiction which comes with a £4,000.

The books - Secret by Phillippe Grimbert, Missing Kissinger by Etgar Keret, Bernard Malamud by Philip Davis and 1967 by Tom Segev - are aiming to scoop the top prize which has been won in previous years by notable authors including Zadie Smith, Amos Oz and Imre Kertesz.

In deciding on the shortlist, judge Francine Stock said: "This shortlist runs from a monumental work of history to brief, vivid short stories via a fine literary biography and an elegant novel of deception and remembrance. Each is in its way a revelation - the context of the 1967 war,  hidden truths about wartime France, a writer pulled from the shade into just recognition and the sharp absurdities of life in contemporary Israel.”

The winner will be announced on May 7 at an awards ceremony to take place at Daunt Books in Marylebone High Street, central London.