Monday, January 31, 2011

2010 Battle of the Prizes, British Version: Wrap Up Post

The 2010 Battle of the Prizes, British Version, ends today, on January 31, 2011.  The 2011 challenge starts February 1.

This challenge pitted winners of the English Man Booker Prize against winners of the Scottish James Tait Black Memorial Prize in a British Version of the Battle of the Prizes.

Thanks to everyone who participated! I hope you sign up for the 2011 challenge. I'll get that post up tomorrow.

Participants could read three books or four -- either one Booker winner, one Black winner, and one that won both prizes; or two Booker and two Black winners.

In theory, the idea was to compare the prizes and the winners, but in practice (at least for me), the point was to read, and hopefully enjoy, three or four books and then scratch them off my lists.


Rose City Reader

chaotic compendiums 

Musings  (The first to complete the challenge -- congratulations!)

Oh, So Many Manias . . .  

Books in the City 


J.G. at Hotchpot Cafe (read her wrap up post here)

Birdie's Nest


If any one else has reviews still to do, no problem.  Just give me a link in a comment here and I will add it. 

The rest of the reviews, in order of submission, were:

Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel on chaotic compendiums 

G by John Berger on Musings 

The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro on Birdie's Nest

Without My Cloak by Kate O'Brien on Musings

The Secret Scripture by Sebastian Barry here on Rose City Reader

Something to Answer For by P. H. Newby on Musings

The Sea, the Sea by Iris Murdoch here on Rose City Reader

Personality by Andrew O'Hagan on Hotchpot Cafe

Last Orders by Graham Swift on Hotchpot Cafe

Staying On by Paul Scott on Hotchpot Cafe 

The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen on Books in the City

G by John Berger here on Rose City Reader


  1. Thank you for a fun challenge!

  2. This was great and I'm glad to hear I can sign up for a repeat soon.

    Meanwhile, I am chuckling from your "recovering . . . and not in a good way" remark. Can't wait to hear the rest of that.


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