43rd Wingate Literary Prize

With Clive Lawton OBE, Dr Roopa Farooki, Philippe Sands, Kim Sherwood and the BBC’s Emily Kaseriel

Arts & Culture

Join us for an evening of vibrant literary discussion with the Judges of this year’s Wingate Prize, chaired by the BBC’s Emily Kasriel. The Wingate Prize awards the novel that best translates the idea of Jewishness to the general reader, and our panel will explore why it’s so important today to encourage Jewishness is modern literature.

Judges Clive Lawton OBE, Dr Roopa Farooki, award-winning author Philippe Sands and Kim Sherwood will then discuss this year's shortlist, why it's worth reading, and how judging a literary prize has changed their perspective on books. 

The winner of the 2020 prize will be announced during the evening, and a glass of wine is included in the ticket.

The 2020 Wingate Literary Prize has generated a short list of seven books, which between them explore the modern Jewish world as well as events of the past which impact the present.

Among the four works of fiction and three non-fiction books, identity is a common theme, whether that is through the rediscovery of history and the resulting ramifications in the present; a closer inspection of self or an insight into the behaviours within the society which surrounds us.

Now in its 43rd year, the annual prize, worth £4,000 and run in association with JW3, is awarded to the best book, fiction or non-fiction, to translate the idea of Jewishness to the general reader.

The 2020 short-listed books are: 

  • Kafka's Last Trial: The Case of a Literacy Legacy by Benjamin Balint, Picador
  • A Stranger City by Linda Grant Virago
  • Liar by Ayelet Gundar-Goshen Pushkin Press
  • Live a Little by Howard Jacobson Jonathan Cape
  • Inheritance by Dani Shapiro Daunt Books
  • Lake Success by Gary Shteyngart Hamish Hamilton
  • The Photographer at Sixteen by George Szirtes Maclehose Press

You’ll find more information about this year’s brilliant books here

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