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Adina Hoffman wins Jewish Quarterly-Wingate Prize 2010

16th July 2010

The Jewish Quarterly-Wingate Prize 2010 has been won by Adina Hoffman for her non-fiction book My Happiness Bears No Relation to Happiness.

Subtitled A Poet's Life in the Palestinian Century, the book is the first biography of a Palestinian writer published in any language and details the story of Taha Muhammad Ali , whose work has achieved international acclaim.

Anne Karpf, chair of the judging panel, said that the biography is successful in painting a picture of life in Palestine during the 1920s and is a tribute to 'human resilience and creativity'.

'This is ultimately an uplifting book, combining meticulous research with literary sensitivity and a deep humanity: a beautifully written portrait of lived resistance,' she commented.

In winning the GBP 4,000 prize, the book saw off competition from novels The Blind Side of the Heart by Julia Franck and Simon Mawer's The Glass Room, as well as non-fiction title The Invention of the Jewish People by Shlomo Sand.

Last year's Jewish Quarterly-Wingate Prize was scooped by The Seventh Well - Fred Wander's account of how he survived Auschwitz in the 1940s.

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