Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Writing - Man/Booker Awards

Where has the last year gone? It only seems like yesterday that the prestigious Man Booker Prize was being awarded and its due again this evening.

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The Man Booker Prize for Fiction (formerly known as the Booker-McConnell Prize and commonly known simply as the Booker Prize) is a literary prize awarded each year for the best original novel, written in the English language, and published in the UK. The winner of the Man Booker Prize is generally assured of international renown and success; therefore, the prize is of great significance for the book trade. It was first awarded in 1969.

I know that I'll never win the prize for two reasons, most importantly I'm not good enough (whatever that means); and, I don't belong to the London/South East celebrity set! Let's face it those two reasons will preclude the vast majority of writers from winning.

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Referring back to my whatever comment above. It is so subjective. I have read quite a few independently published books over the last seven years and there are some great writers out there that will never receive an award. There are gems in the indie published world that the snobs will probably never experience.

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My father had a rather earthy view of people who like the power they have or the celebrity they have achieved. He used to say that 'they all look the same with their trousers round their ankles'. Obviously, he was referring to the fact that we're all human and celebrity is of no great importance. He died in 1993 and I wonder what he'd think of a to z lists of celebrities and other such misplaced hero worship. There are so many unfortunate people in the world that are deserving of our support rather than us becoming all dazzled by the false god that is celebrity.

Back to the Man Booker Prize. The list below is the final shortlist from which the winner will be chosen.

His Bloody Project
Graeme Macrae Burnet
All That Man Is
David Szalay
The Sellout
Paul Beatty
Hot Milk
Deborah Levy
Ottessa Moshfegh
Do Not Say We Have Nothing
Madeleine Thien

The winner will be fortunate as they will suffer the 'Booker Bounce' almost certainly guaranteeing huge sales and increased fame.

Whatever the real benefit to all writers is that the profile of books and reading is raised.

God Bless