We're so delighted that Hope: A Tragedy has been shortlisted for Jewish Quarterly's Wingate Prize 2013. 

Chair of the judging panel Diana Reich commented, “This year, the judges of the Jewish Quarterly Wingate Literary Prize had the task of winnowing 60 plus books of international fiction and non-fiction, with a Jewish dimension, to a short list of six. In the true spirit of Jewish disputation, both passionate and open minded, we reached a final outcome that is varied in genre, style and subject matter. The list contains short stories, an extended essay, novels and a work of scholarship. What they have in common is originality, a distinctive voice and an ability both to disturb and to entertain”.

The winner will be announced at an awards ceremony at Jewish Book Week in February 2013.

Other shortlisted titles are:


Hope: A Tragedy by Shalom Auslander (Picador)

Swimming Home by Deborah Levy (And Other Stories)

Scenes from a Village Life by Amos Oz (Chatto and Windus)

Foreign Bodies by Cynthia Ozick (Atlantic Books)

The Road to the Apocalypse by Stanley and Munro Price (Notting Hill Editions)

On the Eve by Bernard Wasserstein (Profile Books)


Read an extract from Hope: A Tragedy by Shalom Auslander