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Jewish book winners

Last updated: 2004-05-07

Jewish Book prize winners

Jewish Book prize winners

A book set in Israel about two teenage boys and how a golden labrador brings them together has scooped the Jewish Quarterly Wingate Literary Prize 2004 for non-fiction.

David Grossman’s novel, Someone to Run With, follows two Israeli teenagers - Assaf, a lanky errand boy, and Tamar, a runaway with “eyes that saw too much” - and Dinka, the golden labrador that eventually brings them together. 

As well as offering a prize for fiction, there was also a prize for non-fiction went to The Pity of It All: A Portrait of Jews in Germany 1743-1933 by Amos Elon.

The two winners each received a cheque for £4,000.

Jonathan Freedland, chairman of the judges said:

“Our two winners prove that, whatever else is going on in Israel, Israeli writers go from strength to strength. David Grossman's Someone To Run With is both a page-turner and a beautifully perceptive insight into the teenage mind - all the while exposing a new face of Jerusalem. Amos Elon's Pity of it All does what many thought impossible - it rescues German Jewry from the frozen role of victim, telling that community's story with intelligence, poignance and a searing humanity."