Former leading New Zealand publisher and bookseller, and widely experienced judge of both the Commonwealth Writers Prize and the Montana New Zealand Book Awards, talks about what he is currently reading, what impresses him and what doesn't, along with chat about the international English language book scene, and links to sites of interest to booklovers.
Wednesday, January 13, 2016
JQ - Wingate Literary Prize Longlist
Announcement of 2016 Long List
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 Protchnik 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
This year’s judging panel includes writer Samantha Ellis, columnist Hugo Rifkind, Granta Top 20 Young Novelist Tahmima Amam and Senior Masorti Judaism Rabbi Jonathan Wittenberg.