We are delighted to announce that Simon Schama has advanced on to the shortlist for the 2017 Baillie Gifford prize for his second volume of the Story of the Jews, Belonging.
Richard Lea of the Guardian writes: Schama’s Belonging picks up where the first volume of his The Story of the Jews left off, with the expulsion of the Jews from Spain in 1492. Taking in locations including Venice, Kerala, California and Ukraine, he charts the history of a people up to the beginning of the 20th century. The judges called it “an important history which is of sharp contemporary relevance … full of extraordinary stories of exceptional individuals who represent the struggle of Jewish people to find a home and an identity”.
Full story here: https://www.theguardian.com/books/2017/oct/06/simon-schama-heads-shortlist-for-baillie-gifford-prize