Jacobson, de Waal on Jewish prize shortlist

Howard Jacobson's Man Booker-winning novel The Finkler Question (Bloomsbury) has been shortlisted for the £4,000 2011 Jewish Quarterly-Wingate Prize.

The six-strong list spans Baghdad to Galilee to Vienna with Edmund de Waal's Costa category winner The Hare With Amber Eyes (Chatto) also on the list.

Chair of the judging panel Lisa Appignanesi said "It must be a reflection of the excellence of the books to hand that our shortlist judging meeting proved so exhilarating . . . The list we arrived at with great consensual enthusiasm is a truly remarkable one: four superb novels, each one extraordinary in its own way; a scintillating memoir, and an argumentative extravaganza that attacks its dark subject with zest."

The winner of the prize, which is the only UK award to recognise writing by Jewish and non-Jewish authors that stimulates an interest in themes of Jewish concern, will be announced on 6th June. Previous winners include Amos Oz, David Grossman and Zadie Smith.

The shortlist in full:

To the End of the Land by David Grossman (Jonathan Cape)

The Finkler Question by Howard Jacobson (Bloomsbury) 

Hare with the Amber Eyes by Edmund de Waal (Chatto)

The Dove Flyer by Eli Amir (Halban)

Trials of the Diaspora by Anthony Julius (OUP)                             

Visitation by Jenny Erpenbeck (Portobello)