London, 18 June 2009:
Votes were collected via the Spinebreakers website and from people entering the 2009 Penguin Orange Readers’ Group Prize. The award had previously been won by Khaled Hosseini’s, The Kite Runner, which remarkably claimed the top spot three years in a row.
The three favourite reading group books are:
The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas
Catcher in the Rye
Author John Boyne said, "I'm thrilled that The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas has been selected as the Penguin Orange Readers' Group Book of the Year. From the day the novel was published, it has received extraordinary support from reading groups who debate the novel back and forth with all the passion and argument that good literature demands - I know, because I've been there for some of those debates! That the story of Bruno and Shmuel continues to move readers is a source of great encouragement to me as a writer. I'm very grateful to Penguin and Orange and all the readers who selected the novel for this prize."
The Penguin Orange Readers’ Group Prize
Now in its eighth year, the prize is the UK’s only annual award for reading groups and forms part of Orange’s portfolio of literary partnerships. This year, individuals were asked to demonstrate how they had made reading social and submissions were made via the online book community http://www.spinebreakers.co.uk/.
The 2009 Penguin Orange Readers’ Group Prize was awarded to Edinburgh student, Jen Campbell for her impressive online Book Club. It now has over 5,000 international members with a broad age range from 13 – 50, hailing from Australia to Finland.