The winner of the Richard and Judy Book Club 2009 is:
When Will There Be Good News? by Kate Atkinson
The result was announced at the Galaxy British Book Awards last week. The Gargoyle came in second, with December taking the prize for third place.
The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson
December by Elizabeth H Winthrop
I have to admit that I don’t agree with the result at all, only The Gargoyle would have made my top three, along with The Luminous Life of Lilly Aphrodite and The Suspicions of Mr Whicher. I’m not surprised to see When Will There Be Good News at the top of the list, as Kate Atkinson has a large following, and her book was an enjoyable read, but I didn’t expect to see December in the top three. All the reviews I’ve seen of it have been mixed at best, and I haven’t seen anyone raving about it.
I think that the main problem with this prize is that anyone can vote, whether they have read all the books or not. This means that it often goes down to how good people imagine the book will be, or how impressive the cover is. This means that amazing books like The Luminous Life of Lilly Aphrodite get over looked, as the cover doesn’t reveal how great the content is.
Do you agree with this result?
Do you think members of the public should be allowed to vote for book prizes if they haven’t read all the books?
I’d love to hear your thoughts!
Remember the Comment of the Week Competition! I’m looking forward to reading your comments!