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Sir Richard Evans, Judge of the Wolfson History Prize, commends Devil Land for its success in challenging the accepted narrative about this period of English history, and how it illuminates in wonderful and unfamiliar detail the realities of this complex and difficult era.
2022 marks the fiftieth year of the Wolfson History Prize by the Wolfson Foundation. The Prize is awarded annually for a work of historical non-fiction which combines excellence in research and writing with readability for a general audience. To mark its anniversary, the prize fund was increased from £40,000 to £50,000 this year, with each shortlisted author also receiving £5,000.
Speaking about the Prize, Dr Jackson said:
“I’m delighted and deeply honoured to have won the Wolfson History Prize which recognises historical writing that combines academic scholarship with accessibility for a broad readership. It’s thrilling to join the hugely distinguished list of previous prize-winners and to share in the celebrations of the Wolfson History Prize’s special 50th anniversary year. I’m so grateful, not only to the Wolfson Foundation but also to my publisher Allen Lane and colleagues, friends and family for so much support and encouragement.”
Chief Executive of Wolfson Foundation, Paul Ramsbottom OBE said:
“Since 1972, the Wolfson History Prize has recognised outstanding history writing that is rooted in excellent research, but which also sparkles and is eminently readable. Devil-Land is no exception. Clare Jackson’s engrossing book demonstrates how history can bring fresh insights to familiar events and shed new light on the narratives of our past.”
About the Prize
The Wolfson History Prize has been awarded annually since 1972 by the Wolfson Foundation, an independent charity that awards grants to support and promote excellence in the fields of science, health, education and the arts & humanities.
It was established largely on the initiative of the Wolfson Foundation’s then chairman, Leonard Wolfson, backed by trustees and other advisers, including the philosopher and historian Isaiah Berlin and the publisher George Weidenfeld.
The winners of the Prize span the full range of historical enquiry: from biography to social, cultural and economic history to books about politics, war and international relations. All periods and geographic regions are represented. The roll call of winners — and the announcement of the Prize each year — is a public statement of the importance of historical writing within British cultural life.