It is my pleasure to announce that The Green Carnation Prize Shortlist 2010 (though it’s actually already on The Green Carnation site) is a brilliant selection of five books which are…
- Paperboy – Christopher Fowler
- God Says No – James Hannaham
- London Triptych – Jonathan Kemp
- Children of the Sun – Max Schaefer
- Man’s World – Rupert Smith
Why these five books? Well I cannot speak for the whole judging panel as a whole but I can say that we are all really, really pleased with this selection of books. Though it was blinking hard as the longlist was very strong!!!
Personally I can say that I could happily recommend that you read each of the titles not only for the writing which I think is brilliant in every case I can recommend them individually Paperboy for its wit, voice and style as a memoir, God Says No for putting you into the mind set of someone I never thought I could understand and enraging you and making you laugh out loud, London Triptych for its characters (one of which might just be my favourite character of the year) and historical feel over the generations, Children of the Sun for being an importantly disturbing and shocking tale and Man’s World for its humour, emotion and more. I could go on and on about each and every one of them.
Can you tell that we have quite a mission ahead of us as a panel of judges? I think every single one of these books would be a worthy winner.
So what do you think of the short list? Have you read any of them?