Former leading New Zealand publisher and bookseller, and widely experienced judge of both the Commonwealth Writers Prize and the Montana New Zealand Book Awards, talks about what he is currently reading, what impresses him and what doesn't, along with chat about the international English language book scene, and links to sites of interest to booklovers.
Friday, October 31, 2008
Murakami out of the running for William Hill award Alison Flood writing in guardian.co.uk, Thursday October 30 2008
The award-winning Japanese novelistHaruki Murakami has fallen at the second fence in the competition for the William Hill sports book of the year, after failing to make the prize's shortlist, announced this afternoon.
Murakami's What I Talk About When I Talk About Running - a series of reflections on what he talks about when he talks about running - made it over the first hurdle when the longlist was announced earlier this month, but has been squeezed out of contention by books aimed squarely at the sports fan.Six titles remain in the running for the prize, which comes with a £20,000 cheque and a free £2,000 bet for the winner.
The judges' decision does not surprise The Bookman in the slightest as this is not really a sports title and although the author is a master exponent in the fiction field, (he'll win the Nobel Prize for fiction in the next few years I wager), this is non-fiction, a memoir really, and he is not at his best. Read my review from a couple of weeks back.