Is it wrong to admit that I wanted a book I haven’t yet read to win the Man Booker prize? If it is, then I apologise (especially to the other five authors, whose shortlisted books I haven’t read either) but I’m nonetheless ecstatic that Hilary Mantel won the Booker Prize for the first time last night. She is such an incredible writer and fully deserves the recognition that winning such a prize will undoubtedly bring.
For once, the choice of winner doesn’t appear to be too controversial either with most pundits accepting – even if she wasn’t their first choice – that she is a worthy Booker winner.
Unless I’m very lucky and I either unwrap it for my birthday in a couple of days’ time or find it under the Christmas tree, I probably won’t read it until it comes out next year in paperback. One thing you can be sure of, though, is that when I do finally get around to reading it, I will be posting my review here.