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Life of Pi is ‘Best of Booker’ according to you


The Best of the Booker judges have announced their shortlist of six for this one-off contest to celebrate 40 years of the Man Booker Prize. The half dozen are…
Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie,
Disgrace by JM Coetzee
The Siege of Krishnapur by JG Farrell
The Conservationist by Nadine Gordimer,
The Ghost Road by Pat Barker,
Oscar and Lucinda by Peter Carey

The official shortlist is a million miles away from what ordinary bookreaders think. AbeBooks has been conducting a poll for the past week and a bit to discover what readers think is the ‘Best of the Booker.’ You rate Life of Pi as the best book, just from Midnight’s Children. Obviously, Life of Pi represents the popular vote because it has sold millions of copies around the globe and still sells well today. However look how completely different the lists are. My own personal favourite is Peter Carey’s The True History of the Kelly Gang but who’s going to give the award to a book with no punctuation?

Results of the AbeBooks ‘Best of the Booker’ poll (848 respondents)
1) Life of Pi by Yann Martel (11.7%)
2) Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie (11.4%)
3) The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje (8.6%)
4) The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy (8.1%)
5) The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro (7.2%)
6) Possession by AS Byatt (5.8%)
7) Disgrace by J.M. Coetzee (5.5%)
8) The Bone People by Keri Hulme (5.2%)
9) The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood (4.6%)
10) The True History of the Kelly Gang by Peter Carey (3.2%)

I feel very sorry for Holiday by Stanley Middleton – not a single person voted for this book. Is it really that bad?

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