Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Man Booker Prize Winner Announced!
The 2009 winner of the Man Booker Prize is Wolf Hall, by Hilary Mantel! As it so happens, that is the book that I am smack-dab (what a fun turn of phrase that is) in the middle of right now! I will try very, very hard to get a review up by this weekend, but I am not sure if that is feasible. It's a fantastic book (quite worthy of the prize, though I have not read any of the other shortlisted contenders yet), but very dense reading, so it goes slow. Wolf Hall was the favorite to take home the GBP 50,000 prize, so it's no surprise that it won. However, it's pretty great that Mantel will now get the international credit that comes with winning such a much-lauded prize.
More on the actual book when I finish and review it, I promise. But, just to whet your palate- this is Thomas Cromwell as you've never seen him. Also, there's a sequel in the works!