Fellow literary nuts like myself have likely heard of the Booker Prizes. (Full disclosure, I was shocked to discover it’s actual name was the Man Booker Prizes).
Well it turns out there was a period in its earlier years, that the Prize did not award a prize for works done in 1970. Recently they decided to rectify that omission and created the Lost Man Booker Prize. While the folks behind the prize hoped to generate some interest and discussion, it’s fairly clear that they are even surprised by the level of response as noted here.
But for me, the most interesting aspect is that anyone of us can vote for who wins the prize. Here are the choices you need to consider:
- The Birds on the Trees by Nina Bawden (Virago)
- Troubles by J G Farrell (Phoenix House)
- The Bay of Noon by Shirley Hazzard (Virago)
- Fire From Heaven by Mary Renault (Arrow)
- The Driver’s Seat by Muriel Spark (Penguin)
- The Vivisector by Patrick White (Vintage)
Anything that gets folks engaged in literature is a good thing. I wonder if some other literary prize groups will see the furor and try to figure out a way to do something in a similar vein.