David Abulafia wins the Wolfson Prize 2020
For over 40 years, the Wolfson History Prize has been the most prestigious award for historical non-fiction works.
We are happy to announce that this year the price (£ 40,000) has been awarded to David Abulafia for The Boundless Sea - A Human History of the Oceans - already Book of the Year for Sunday Times, Financial Times, The Times and BBC History Magazine .
Mondadori will publish The Boundless Sea in Italy soon.
David Cannadine (Jury President): “The Boundless Sea tackles a world encompassing subject: humanity’s constantly changing relationship with the seas that cover most of our planet and on which our very lives depend. This is a book of deep scholarship, brilliantly written and we extend our warmest congratulations to David Abulafia.”
Paul Ramsbottom, CEO of Wolfson Foundation: "David Abulafia’s book is magnificently ambitious, brilliantly examining the changing, extraordinary connections between the vast oceans and humanity. While broad in chronological sweep, this clearly has a strong contemporary resonance – as our relationship with the natural world (including the oceans) is under scrutiny as never before.”