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Grossman wins Jewish Quarterly-Wingate Prize
07.06.11 | Charlotte Williams
David Grossman's novel To the End of the Land (Jonathan Cape) has won this year's £4,000 Jewish Quarterly-Wingate Prize, trumping both the 2010 Booker and Costa winners.
The judging panel, which included Michael Prodger, Emily Kasriel and Dr Daniel Glaser, selected Grossman's novel over the other shortlisted works, including Howard Jacobson's Man Booker-winner The Finkler Question (Bloomsbury) and The Hare with Amber Eyes by Edmund de Waal (Chatto), which won the 2010 Costa Book Award.
The other shortlisted titles were The Dove Flyer by Eli Amir (Halban), Trials of the Diaspora by Anthony Julius (OUP) and Visitation by Jenny Erpenbeck (Portobello). The prize is the only UK award to recognise writing that stimulates an interest in themes of Jewish concern, written by both Jewish and non-Jewish authors.
Chair of the judging panel Lisa Appignanesi said: "Each of the books on our shortlist could have been an outstanding winner. But in a year which brings us David Grossman's To the End of the Land, the judges all concurred that this towering novel had to be the one."
Previous winners of the prize include Zadie Smith, W G Sebald and Oliver Sacks.
The award was presented at a reception at the Stern Pissarro Gallery in central London last night (6th June).