Who's Afraid Of The Booker Prize?: A Comedy Satire

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  • Title: Who's Afraid Of The Booker Prize?: A Comedy Satire
  • Author: Peter Cowlam
  • ISBN: 9781840946314
  • Page: 462
  • Format: None
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    1. Inspired by Dan Schwent I thought I’d blatantly steal his idea and dish out 8 awards for all the stuff I read this year. Award for restoring my dented faith in the novel goes to Fourth of July Creek by Smith Henderson - I know I just finished it and my head’s still in a cloud but there were only two other contenders this year, The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters and The Book of New Strange Things by Michel Faber. This is where it was really tough handing out the 2014 award - heartbreak lesbian [...]

    2. Cowlam, Peter. Who’s Afraid of the Booker Prize?To say that Peter Cowlam has ‘a way with words’ would be the understatement of the year, even of the century. Open the book at any page and you are likely to be dazzled by his verbal pyrotechnics. From the Forward on the reader is treated to an ironic commentary by the supercillious narrator Alistair Wye on his employer’s sycophantic memorial speech on the death of his teacher, Andrew Glaze. Thus from the outset we have the tone that is mai [...]

    3. I must be honest and say I had mixed views on this book when I started reading and it was purely down to structure. Told in the main through diary notes and other correspondence it took me a chapter or two to get into the flow and the authors particular style, but I became a quick convert. Refreshingly original it held my interest all the way through and provided many a wry smile.

    4. If satire is your thing and you have even a passing interest in what happens behind the publishing scene then this is the book for you. Embracing the humour one expects to find in satirical text, I found it to be a highly original and an absorbing read. The characters are wonderfully observed and their thoughts cleverly presented in an original way. An easy five stars.

    5. Sadly, it is rare to find a book as well written as this one. Witty and intelligent, whilst proffering a little light hearted insight into the closed world of publishing. At least that's how it has always seemed to me. Mr. Cowlam has a real gift for levity and turns a wonderful turn of phrase, without a doubt my favourite book of the year so far.

    6. Not to be confused with the author's stage play of the same name. For the novel, *Who’s Afraid of the Booker Prize?* is the diary of computer-science graduate Alistair Wye, who has been hired by celebrity novelist Marshall Zob to act as his assistant and oversee his archive. Wye’s first job is to sift through the author’s computer discs, saved emails, fax printouts, and handwritten letters and postcards. All this goes towards Zob’s project in compiling material for a commemorative volume [...]

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