On Tuesday evening I was in London, at the British Library listening to three of the authors in the short list for the Man Booker Prize read from their novels. It was part of the run up to the award ceremony on the 18th of this month.
The writers present were Carol Birch, Stephen Kelmen and A D Miller. The event had been organised for book groups and library staff, I had been offered a ticket by my sister-in-law.
It was an interesting evening with all three writers reading form their selected novels, interestingly for two of the authors this was their first published work-so there is hope for all of us. I have to say I had not read any of the novels and I found listening to the authors read illuminating in that as they read I decided which one I thought would win the prize.
My money would be on Stephen Kelmen for Pigeon English. We shall have to wait and see....