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.

Shortlist

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

David Abulafia

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

John Barton

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

Toby Green

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

Prashant Kidambi

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

Hallie Rubenhold

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‘Chaucer:
A European Life’

Marion Turner

Key dates for 2020

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Shortlist announced

29 April 2020

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Winner announced

15 June 2020

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