Friday, December 10, 2004

And fleeting delight crossed her face...

Richard and Judy have announced their list of 10 books for 2005. There's no word on the official site, but they've announced it on the show, and there are a few links around the place.

This list is becoming, potentially, one of the most important of the year. Now, that may seem to be giving it more gravity than it deserves, but the effect on the sales of these books could potentially be huge, such as last year's Star of the Sea by Joseph O'Connor, which failed to win the final prize, but stayed in the top-ten charts for weeks and weeks and weeks.

Here's the list:

The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon
The Time Traveller's Wife - Audrey Niffenegger
The American Boy - Andrew Taylor
The Promise of Happiness - Justin Cartwright
Feel - Robbie Williams and Chris Heath
The Jane Austen Book Club - Karen Joy Fowler
Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell
The Sixth Lamentation - William Brodrick
My Sister's Keeper - Jodi Picoult
Perdita: The Life of Mary Robinson - Paula Byrne

Now, that is a diverse list to say the least. Of course, there's the requisite Booker novel in the form of Mitchell's great book, in a futile attempt to convince the literati that the endeavour is nothing more than an excersie geared to pander to the proleteriat (they will never be convinced). You've got non-fiction, Euro-fiction, celeb biographies, humourous fiction, serious fiction, crime fiction... As they pride themselves, something for everyone. They hope.

Anyway, I'd like to briefly enthuse about the inclusion of The Shadow of the Wind. It's already hovering just below the number 10 slot on the bestseller lists, and is bound to rise higher now. (Now it suddenly makes a lot of sense that Phoenix published that impromptu trade-paperback... They'd had a nod from somewhere, methinks.) Go Carlos Ruiz Zafon! Go! I am putting my unreserved support behind this book (just to make it official). Now it may find the huge audience it deserves.

And Andrew Taylor's The American Boy is there as well... yay!

(*May I just point out the stupid quote from Richard, from the Guardian article...Consider that the Book Club only saw its inception last year, so there has only been one other list...
"There's no doubt that this year's selection of book club entries is the best yet.