Shadowing the Man Booker Prize
23 September 2012 / 0 Comments
Jan Dawson from Warwickshire Libraries has been in touch about their Warwickshire Libraries Man Booker Prize Shadowing Group. She tells us a bit about the group and their initial responses to this year's Man Booker shortlist. They predicated the winner in 2012, can they do it again?
This year 15 eager readers are on the starting blocks in Warwickshire ,as Man Booker official shadowers, for the second time ( thank you Man Booker! ).
We are very pleased to have been selected, and the great thing is that the group is a mixture of " old " shadowers and " new" shadowers, which makes it even more exciting.
The blog is up and running, and most readers have posted on it. Take a look at it - we're rather proud of it.
Our first meeting took place last week, and it served as an introduction to each other and to the process, for those unfamiliar with it. We also managed to get nearly everyone on the blog--some people were having problems. Since then, most people are blogging away nicely now.
Regarding the books
Very esoteric, somewhat challenging, was the first impression, and a lot of worrying murmurs about the Will Self! However, those who have read it so far have some positive comments, so we will wait and see. Certainly not easily accessible and obviously an acquired taste.
The others all a bit unknown, apart from Bring up the Bodies, with those who have read Wolf Hall keen to commune with Thomas Cromwell again.
So here we are, do wish us luck, time is pressing, so read on, read on.
Is your reading group shadowing this year's Man Booker Prize - do get in touch we'd love to hear about how you are getting on.
Man Booker have produced reader's guides for each of the titles - check them out here for your group or club.
Read about Warwickshire shadowing the Orange Prize for Fiction.