Thursday, October 18, 2007

2007 Man Booker Prize Winner

Labrokes got it wrong again, and so did many readers, I suspect. The punters final choice was for Ian McEwan's On Chesil Beach, followed closely by Lloyd Jones' Mister Pip.

The 2007 Man Booker Prize has gone to rank outsider Anne Enright's The Gathering, described by one reviewer as "an exhilaratingly bleak family epic". Irish born Enright also cautions readers ‘when people pick up a book they may want something that will cheer them up, in that case they shouldn’t really pick up my book… my book is the equivalent of a Hollywood weepie.

The TimesOnLine
reveals that all six shortlisted novels will go online free to anyone anywhere.

Negotiations are under way with the British Council and publishers over digitising the novels and reaching parts - particularly in Africa and Asia - that the actual books would not otherwise reach.

Jonathan Taylor, chairman of The Booker Prize Foundation, said that the initiative was well advanced, although details were still being thrashed out.

The online publication of the books is not expected to cause a drop in sales. It will allow readers to dip into those titles that they may not have considered purchasing, and perhaps stimulate interest in them.