Buried at the bottom of one box, I found an old edition of the Bloomsbury Good Reading Guide: What to Read Next which gives short summaries of authors (classics as well as contemporary) and highlights the titles considered to be ‘their best’. But they also have this feature that essentially says ‘if you read and enjoyed Middlemarch and want to read another novel in similar vein, try this…’ It could be useful for pointing you to authors you might not have across previously.
Other News this Week
- Watched the announcement of the Man Booker Prize announcement with all the excitement of a child on Christmas Day. Didn’t quite punch the air when Stothard announced the winner this year is Hilary Mantel, but was delighted that was the outcome. The decision seems to have been well received except for one blogger at the Guardian by the name of Jacques Testard, who felt that the judges should have chosen a book from a small publisher so they get a boost. In other words, the judges shouldn’t actually follow the remit of the prize and choose the best book, they should chose the most deserving cause. I don’t know who Jacques Testard is but he doesn’t show much understanding of the purpose of the prize at all. Here’s his article.
- Finished and managed to post my review of Aravind Adiga’s White Tiger, which won the Booker in 2008. A good read for majority of the time – it was the last 50 pages that disappointed.
- Made good progress with Elizabeth Gaskell’s North and South. It was slow to get going but has cranked up in pace and tension quite considerably and am really savouring it now. It will be the first of my Classics Club that I can say I’ve read this year.