Dr Helen McCarthy shortlisted for Wolfson History Prize

McCarthy Double Lives

Helen McCarthy’s Double Lives: A History of Working Motherhood (Bloomsbury, 2020) has been shortlisted for the prestigious Wolfson History Prize 

Celebrating outstanding history for nearly fifty years, the Wolfson History Prize is now the most valuable non-fiction book prize in the
UK. The full list of books shortlisted for the Wolfson History Prize 2021 are:

    * Survivors: Children’s Lives after the Holocaust by Rebecca
   * Black Spartacus: The Epic Life of Toussaint Louverture by Sudhir
   * Ravenna: Capital of Empire, Crucible of Europe by Judith Herrin
   * Double Lives: A History of Working Motherhood by Helen McCarthy
   * Burning the Books: A History of Knowledge Under Attack by Richard
   * Atlantic Wars: From the Fifteenth Century to the Age of Revolution
by Geoffrey Plank

Congratulations to Dr McCarthy and the other finalists! The overall winner will be announced on Wednesday 9 June 2021.

The Wolfson Foundation first awarded this Prize in 1972 but the aims – to champion the importance of high-quality, accessible history writing – are as critical now as they ever have been. Among other attributes, these six books offer the opportunity to hear often forgotten or neglected voices from the ancient world to the modern day. The Prize serves as a reminder of the importance of historical research and writing to British society: a crucial reminder in these turbulent times.

More information about the book and the prize can be found here

McCarthy Double lives
A stylish, lively account of the emotionally-charged issue of working mothers. Based on intensive research, it displays a deeply-felt respect for the subject’s significance.
Wolfson History Prize judges