Last year I raved about The Ghosts of Eden. It is a wonderful book about twin boys growing up in Uganda. The author, Andrew Sharp, is a medical doctor and so it is packed with all those intelligent observations about life that doctors seem to acquire in abundance. The book ended up on my top ten of 2009 list, but a quick Internet search has leads me to believe that no other bloggers have reviewed it yet. I am saddened that such a wonderful book is slipping under the radar. Can I be the only person in the world that loved this book? Well, luckily it seems not!
I’m delighted to announce that The Ghosts of Eden has just won the 2009/2010 Waverton Good Read Award.
Don’t worry – I’d never heard of the Waverton Award before either, but after doing a bit of research I think it is a prize worth following.
Waverton is a beautiful village in Cheshire, England where local readers have got together to form their own literary award.
The award is for debut novels written by British or Irish authors, published for the first time between 1st September 2009 and 31st August 2010.
100 keen readers score each book that they read and from all the books submitted a short list of 5 is produced. These 5 books are then distributed around the village and everyone is invited to read them. Ballot papers are sent out, votes are cast and then the winner is announced at the village fete. I love it!! I want to move to Waverton!!
Apart from being a wonderful way to celebrate books and bring a community together it seems as though the people of Waverton are very good at discovering the best new talent.
A quick flick through the previous winners reveals several books that you may have heard of:
It is wonderful to know that a whole community of readers loved The Ghosts of Eden as much as I did and I hope that word of mouth will ensure that this book reaches the audience it deserves.
Have I persuaded you to:
a) Read The Ghosts of Eden?
b) Think about moving to Waverton?
c) Set up your own literary award?!!
d) None of the above