Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Local Bookerthon nearing completion

The Man Booker PRize 2007 logo

Local blogger John Self has been selflessly reading through all the books on this year’s Man Booker Prize long list ... so the rest of us don’t have to!

The good news was that he’d already read five of them, and “managed to wangle freebies of five of the other eight from publishers”. The power of the blog!

John has now started into the last (thirteenth) and longest book (Darkmans by Nicola Barker weighing in at a massive 838 pages). He’ll be finished well before the judges announce the further truncated short list on 6 September.

You can catch all of John Self’s reviews over at The Asylum, and you'll be just in time to cheer him across the finish line.

1 comment:

John Self said...

Thanks for the blog-plug (we'll have to get a word for that. Plog? Blug?).

For anyone who doesn't fancy reading through all the reviews, my top three by some distance are:

The Welsh Girl by Peter Ho Davies

Mister Pip by Lloyd Jones

Animal's People by Indra Sinha

Please don't be put off by the subject matter or prejudices (as I was). They're all three terrifically enjoyable and richly rewarding reads!