Two Pan Macmillan books longlisted for the 2017 Jewish Quarterly Wingate Prize

15 November 2016

By Pan Macmillan

We're delighted to announce that David Cesarani's Final Solution and Aleksandar Hemon's The Making of Zombie Wars have been longlisted for the 2017 Jewish Quarterly Wingate Prize, as it marks its 40th anniversary. The annual prize is awarded to the best book, fiction or non-fiction, to translate the idea of Jewishness to the general reader. 

The prize has generated an innovative and diverse longlist of fiction and non-fiction from authors around the world, which includes six novels as well as a multi-faceted mix of histories, memoirs and biographies, which throw new light on past and present events. 
Chair of judges Prof Cheyette says: "We are delighted with the 14 strong long-list that we have chosen out of 70 entries. The entries this year were of a very high calibre and we debated long and hard over who to include on the list. However, we believe we have a long-list which is diverse and of an enormously high quality, reaching across a variety of genres and countries. It is a list which encompasses some great novels – comedies and literary thrillers, as well as more elegiac, lyrical fiction, by Bosnian-American, British, Israeli, Palestinian and German authors. There is also a rich selection of innovative non-fiction – World War Two histories told from a German viewpoint, or told from the perspective of the Jewish victims of the Holocaust; powerful accounts of post-war Polish attitudes to Jews; as well as definitive biographies and compelling historical memoirs. Many of the themes and histories covered are live issues which will connect directly with the concerns of the present-day reader."

Also on the longlist:
The Blue Between Sky and Water by Susan Abulhawa
The Crime and the Silence by Anna Bikont
Their Promised Land: My Grandparents in Love and War by Ian Buruma
Raoul Wallenberg: The Biography by Ingrid Carlberg
In Gratitude by Jenny Diski
Waking Lions by Ayelet Gundar-Goshen
After One Hundred and Twenty: Reflecting on Death, Mourning and the Afterlife in the Jewish Tradition by Hillel Halkin
Shylock is My Name by Howard Jacobson
All for Nothing by Walter Kempowski
East West Street by Philippe Sands
The German War: A Nation Under Arms by Nicholas Stargardt
The Gustav Sonata by Rose Tremain.

The 2017 prize winner will be announced on February 23 2017 at JW3 during an event at to mark 40 years of the JQ Wingate Prize. Past judges and winners will be joining journalist and Wingate trustee Emily Kasriel to discuss ‘What Makes a Book Jewish’. For more information go to www.

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