The winner of the Commonwealth Writer’s Prize was announced yesterday. The winning book is The Slap by Christos Tsiolkas of Australia.
Chair of the judging panel the Hon Justice Nicholas Hasluck commented on the winning book:
It sounds really interesting, so I actually attempted to buy a copy, but it’s price and rarity put me off. I’ll have to wait until it’s inevitable reprint.
The winner of the best first book was A Case of Exploding Mangoes by Mohammed Hanif. This was short listed for the Booker prize last year, and has been on my wish-list ever since then – I’m still on the look out for a bargain copy!
Other books which have caught my eye this week include:
The Rooftops of Tehran as reviewed by Gautami Tripathy. I don’t think I have read many books set in Iran, and this one really stood out for me. It’s gone straight on the wish-list.
Matthew’s continual repetition of his love for The Master and Margarita managed to persuade me to part with my cash, and I now have a copy winging it’s way to me – I hope it lives up to his claims!!
Jo wrote a great review of The Time Machine by H. G. Wells. She has really inspired me to read it – I didn’t realise how short it was! I’ll have to try and get hold of a copy soon.
On a lighter note……
I smiled quite a few times when I found this blog dedicated to finding things that are wrong!
I don’t think I’ve ever seen an interview with a stick of butter before!
Has anything special caught your eye this week?
Have you read any of the books I highlighted?