You may remember about a month ago I posted a piece on The Man Booker Best of Beryl award which has been created to honour the late Dame Beryl Bainbridge. Bainbridge was nominated five times for The Man Booker prize but never actually won. This was the most that any writer was nominated for this award. I was thrilled to see then that The Man Booker had chosen to celebrate her work in such a way. I’ve been keen then to see which book the public would nominate to win The Best of Beryl prize and yesterday the winner was unveiled.
After much public voting ‘Master Georgie’ won the award, and was apparently followed closely by ‘Every Man for Himself’. what do you think of this? Are you pleased to see ‘Master Georgie’ win or would you have preferred too see ‘Every Man for Himself’ win? Or perhaps you had a totally different book in mind? Just to recap ‘An awfully Big Adventure’ ‘The Bottle Factory Outing’ ‘The Dressmaker’ ‘Every Man For Himself’ and ‘Master Georgie’ were the five books nominated for the award.
I haven’t read ‘Master Georgie’ yet which is a shame as I would have to liked to have read the winning book when the prize was announced. However it’s now firmly at the top of my TBR list so I will hopefully have more of an opinion on that very soon. Have you read ‘Master Georgie’? And if so what do you think about it winning the award?
I have to confess that I didn’t have a particular favourite to win, I guess that’s because for me no matter which book won Beryl Bainbridge was still being celebrated. With The Best of Beryl Prize I put my own preferences slightly to one side because I was more excited to see a great late writer being paid tribute too in such a special way.
I’ve also only read ‘An awfully big adventure’ to date and whilst I adored this book I don’t think it really puts me in a position to say ‘this book should be the winner’ with that in mind I think it’s time to brush up on my Beryl Bainbridge reading and I would love your recommendations on which book I should try next? Are there any out of the other four nominated books that you would highly recommend or perhaps you could suggest one of her other books?
I think the fact that this award has re sparked my interest in Beryl Bainbridge only goes to show how great this award is for not only honouring and remembering a fantastic writer but also for encouraging people like me to read more of her work. I’m looking forward to my next Beryl Bainbridge adventure.
As always I’d love to hear your thoughts on this, Are you pleased with the winner? If you haven’t read anything by Dame Beryl before will you now be trying some of her work?