This time of year rolls around every year. Judges clamour to get through a pile of 'the best books' the year can give us and readers delve into more than just a recommended read (but a prestigeous one).
Last years winners can be found here.
2012 marked the 18th annual year of the Exclusive Books Boeke a tongue-in-cheek South African take on the Man Booker Prize. Each year 2 books are chosen from a pile of 6 (1 Judges choice and 1 Readers choice), each book a celebration of literature while still being incredibly accessible, you can find the shortlisted books here.
This year was vastly different from the other years, because Exclusive Books asked me to be a judge. I settled in and read with such verve and speed it would make Speed-Runner cower in shame. (Sorry, I haven't gotten to reviewing them, but you can check out Tamarin's Reviews here and all her posts on the Boeke 2012).
Enough rambling, here are the winners...
The Unlikely Pilgrimage ofHarold Fry by Rachel Joyce
An exciting debut from a wonderful new fiction voice: this is the tender, comic, and utterly captivating story of Harold Fry who takes a walk to save a life and whose journey will prove life-changing for him, the wife he leaves behind, and the people he meets along the way. The novel was also featured on the Man Booker shortlist and is set to be one of the huge literary successes of the year.
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
Just how well can you ever know the person you love? This is the question that Nick Dunne must ask himself on the morning of his fifth wedding anniversary, when his wife Amy suddenly disappears. The police immediately suspect Nick. Amy’s friends reveal that she was afraid of him, that she kept secrets from him. He swears it isn’t true. A police examination of his computer shows strange searches. He says they aren’t his. And then there are the persistent calls on his mobile phone. So what did really did happen to Nick’s beautiful wife? And what was left in that half-wrapped box left so casually on their marital bed? In this novel, marriage truly is the art of war.
So that wraps it for this year's Boeke, please note that you can buy the winners from your nearest Exclusive Books...
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