Celebrating outstanding history

Awarded by the Wolfson Foundation annually for over forty years, the Wolfson History Prize is the UK’s most prestigious history prize. It recognises and celebrates books which combine excellence in research with readability.

2020 Winner

The Boundless Sea

A Human History of the Oceans

David Abulafia

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‘The Boundless Sea:
A Human History of the Oceans’

David Abulafia

‘A History of the Bible:
The Book and Its Faiths’

John Barton

‘A Fistful of Shells:
West Africa from the Rise of the Slave Trade to the Age of Revolution’

Toby Green

‘Cricket Country:
An Indian Odyssey in the Age of Empire’

Prashant Kidambi

‘The Five:
The Untold Lives of the Women Killed by Jack the Ripper’

Hallie Rubenhold

A European Life’

Marion Turner

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The 2020 winner The Boundless Sea by David Abulafia is an astonishing global history of the oceans. An essential read to help us "understand humanity's relationship with the waters on which our future depends."