The Green Carnation Prize Winner 2011 – The Savidge Reads Advent Calendar Day 7

Yes, after all that reading this year the winner of The Green Carnation Prize 2011 is finally revealed and I am thrilled to say, if you don’t already know, that it is ‘The Proof of Love’ by Catherine Hall. You can see the official release here. I utterly adored this novel when I read it, and then reviewed it not knowing it was a contender – whoops, earlier in the year. Please note this doesn’t mean that my vote swayed it as chair, the consensus was that all the judges felt exactly as I did pretty much. As I loved it so much, regardless as to whether it won or not, I wanted to give you all the chance to win a copy, only now I have gone one better and you can win both of Catherine’s books.

Yes three of you lucky readers, from anywhere in the world, can win both ‘The Proof of Love’ and Catherine’s debut novel ‘Days of Grace’ thanks to the lovely people at Portobello Books. All you have to do, by 11am GMT on the 10th of December, is answer this question leaving your answer in the comments below… which book do you wish had won an award in 2011 that didn’t and why?

Then these could be yours…


Win or not do please get your hands on ‘The Proof of Love’ it is just wonderful and I think Catherine Hall is an author to watch out for, I will be reading ‘Days of Grace’ over Christmas curled up in front of the fire. You can see Catherine discussing ‘The Proof of Love’ when it was chosen as part of Fiction Uncovered earlier in the year here. I can also heartily recommend the rest of the Green Carnation Prize shortlist 2011, six cracking books. Good luck!


Filed under Give Away, Random Savidgeness, The Green Carnation Prize

13 responses to “The Green Carnation Prize Winner 2011 – The Savidge Reads Advent Calendar Day 7

  1. verityjdo

    Oh I loved this – excellent news and a great giveaway! You’ve got some great books in your giveaway – I already own most of them – haha!!

  2. Without question or doubt, Nick Alexander’s ‘Sleight of Hand’ – a truly sensational read.

  3. Congrats to the winner of the Green Carnation this year! No need to enter me in the contest but wanted to share my congrats 🙂

  4. The Language of Flowers,first time novelist beautifuly written an eye opener on foster

  5. Orla

    I would have been thrilled to see Kathleen Winter’s Annabel win a prize this year. I recommend it to everyone, praising the book for its brave storytelling and unusual subject matter (hermaphroditism), the beautiful prose, and the special setting. I was lucky enough to visit Newfoundland this year and it took my breath away. Much like Annabel!

  6. Nute

    Thanks for opening my eyes to a new author. This type of discovery is favorite part of reading blogs. I would have been thrilled to see author, Vanessa Diffenbaugh, rewarded for her debut novel, The Language of Flowers or author, Steven Kelman, for his debut novel, Pidgeon English.

  7. I’m going to cheat and suggest two books that should have nabbed some prizes. First would be ‘Jamrach’s Menagerie’. Birch’s story was utterly gobsmacking, beautifully written and entertaining from start to finish. Secondly I would choose, ‘I’ll Never Get Out Of This World Alive’ by Steve Earle. This book seems to have flown under the radar but is a sweetly brilliant tale of folklore in the seedy world of drugs and prostitution in San Antonio. Also, the main character, Doc, is haunted by the ghost of Hank Williams… how could it NOT be good?!

  8. ana

    I nominate a great Australian novel, Five Bells by Gail Jones. My favourite read of this year, it is a meditation and exploration of an important poem by Kenneth Slessor. It is set in Sydney and is a multilayered and very beautiful work, quite haunting. I always see Circular Quay and the Opera House on Sydney Harbour in a new light because of her rendering of it.

  9. sharkell

    State of Wonder by Ann Patchett. Loved it, still think about it after finishing it a month ago.

  10. Bet

    I can think of two books I read this year that should have gotten prizes (in my humble opinion): We Had It So Good by Linda Grant; because it is such a wonderful, flowing story. And On Canaan’s Side by Sebastian Barry because it is such a rich, moving tale.

    I greatly enjoyed Days of Grace and Proof of Love is very hard to get on this side of the pond, so I would love to win it!

  11. Loretta

    I see that Bet just mentioned the book that I thought might win a prize this year, On Canaan’s Side by Sebastian Barry. It is such a lovely telling of a life, that I was hoping it would win the Booker.

  12. I vote for Gillespie & I. It was an entertaining book with a great sense of time and place – I read the whole almost 600 pages in two days!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s