Tuesday, January 03, 2006


CONGRATULATIONS to Tash Aw for winning the 2005 Whitbread Award for Best First Novel with The Harmony Silk Factory. Best Novel went to Ali Smith for her funny yet sad The Accidental, one of the best novels of 2005. Christopher Logue’s Cold Calls won for Poetry while Hilary Spurling’s Matisse the Master, the second and final volume of her biography of Henri Matisse, clinched the award for Biography. , And not forgetting Kate Thompson for the Best Children’s Book with her novel, The New Policeman. A good start indeed to another bountiful year of great literature. The 2005 Whitbread Book of the Year will be announced on January 24, 2006.

I believe the 2005 Whitbread Book of the Year Award would either go to Ali Smiths The Accidental or Hilary Spurlings Matisse the Master. Both are equally excellent in their own ways, though they are from different genres. The fact that they are from different genres and to compare them and choose one of them as the book to represent the best literature of the year is simply unjust. However, I will go with Ali Smith.

An impressive coup for Hamish Hamilton, a literary imprint of Penguin, for claiming the Whitbread Awards for Best Novel and Biography, with Ali Smith’s The Accidental and Hilary Spurling’s Matisse the Master.


Anonymous S.A. said...

Hi Eric, it's been a long time that I came over but what scoops you get yourself. You'd make a top-class journalist! Anyhow, wishing you all the very best for the new year and just to say thanks for this!
Once more like that picture, you displayed, you've made my day.
Aw's win makes me feel like heaven. Really, really happy for him. Keep your literary flag flying! You know how to keep a genius blog going! cheers
susan abraham

Tuesday, January 03, 2006 5:36:00 PM  
Blogger q said...

wow, congrats to tash aw for the win!

Tuesday, January 03, 2006 9:47:00 PM  
Blogger Eric Forbes said...

Yes, an amazing win for Tash Aw. With bated breath, I await Tash's second novel. And thanks for the nice words, Susan. Cheers!

Tuesday, January 03, 2006 10:38:00 PM  
Anonymous s.a. said...

I meant them all sincerely, Eric.
Bye now! susan abraham

Tuesday, January 03, 2006 10:55:00 PM  

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