Saturday, February 12, 2011

The Also-Ran

Lots of talk in the papers about the late Beryl Bainbridge who was nominated five times for the Booker Prize but never won to the chagrin of her many devoted readers.   Her never-failing sense of humour on each occasion would now be tickled by the decision of the Booker judges to create  a Man Booker Best of Beryl!   They are asking the public to vote on which of her five nominated novels they think most worthy of the prize.   They are:  The Dressmaker, The Bottle Factory Outing, An Awfully Big Adventure, Every Man for Himself, Master Georgie.  

Vote online at and the winner will be announced in April.

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