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Jewish Quarterly-Wingate Prize reveals 2010 shortlist

23rd April 2010

The four titles competing for the GBP 4,000 Jewish Quarterly-Wingate Prize 2010 have been revealed.

Novels The Blind Side of the Heart by Julia Franck and Simon Mawer's The Glass Room were included on the shortlist for the award, which seeks to recognise works that spark an interest in Jewish themes in the general reader.

Adina Hoffman's My Happiness Bears No Relation to Happiness and The Invention of the Jewish People by Shlomo Sand were the non-fiction titles which completed the final selection.

Writer and sociologist Anne Karpf, the chair of the judges, explained that each book needed at least two 'passionate' supporters on the four-strong panel to be included on the shortlist and claimed the nominated works represent a 'literary feast'.

'We had - as book prize juries famously do - a full and frank discussion. The four that emerged are all powerful works that leave you with a different view of the world,' she commented.

Last year's Jewish Quarterly-Wingate Prize was won by Fred Wander with The Seventh Well - an account of how the author survived deportation to Auschwitz in 1942.

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