Long list for 2021 Wingate Literary Prize announced

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Long list for 2021 Wingate Literary Prize announced

Four novels and eight non-fiction works are in the running to receive the 44th annual prize worth £4,000

Tali is a reporter at Jewish News

Book covers for some of the nominated works
Book covers for some of the nominated works

The 2021 Wingate Literary Prize long list has been announced, with a range of books selected exploring themes from climate change to the Holocaust.

Four novels and eight non-fiction works are in the running to receive the 44th annual prize worth £4,000, run in association with JW3.

The long-listed books are: Jewish Treasures from Oxford Libraries by Rebecca Abrams and César Merchán-Hamann; The Guest Book by Sarah Blake; Survivors by Rebecca Clifford; House of Glass by Hadley Freeman; On Division by Goldie Goldbloom; The Slaughterman’s Daughter by Yaniv Iczkovits; Nobody Will Tell You This But Me by Bess Kalb; Apeirogon by Colum McCann; When Time Stopped by Ariana Neumann; We are the Weather by Jonathan Safran Foer; Along the Amber Route: St Petersberg to Venice by CJ Schüler; and We Fight Fascists by Daniel Sonabend.

The judging panel is chaired by former Senior Rabbi to Reform Judaism Laura Janner-Klausner alongside broadcaster, writer and film-maker Bidisha, author and Economist magazine culture editor AD Miller and award-winning biographer and historian Anne Sebba.

Authors nominated for the award

Rabbi Janner-Klausner, said: “Wingate is about exploring Judaism in a way that is interesting and accessible to the general reader and I believe the long list reflects this, with a healthy balance of different themes among the 12 books selected.

“We feel it really is an excellent reflection of the breadth of Jewish life; it is this diversity which I believe makes it such a strong list. Especially this year, such great literature provides inspiration and joy when we need it most.”

The short-list for the prize will be announced at the end of January and the winner will be announced in late-February.

Novelist Linda Grant won the 2020 Wingate Literary Prize for her “love letter to London life”, A Stranger City.

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