Sunday, 11 January 2009

Book of the week and Bibliography - Vikas Swarup, Q & A

Its been quite and while, but with a new year comes a new start. The last couple of months of 2008 were incredibly busy, with little time for reading and even less for blogs. However, I will do my best to prioritise the blog this year and to keep my sugggestions flowing. A number of last year's recommendations have done very well, and in particular three have won their catagories in the Costa Book Awards - First Novel to Sadie Jones for The Outcast, Novel to Sebastian Barry for The Secret Scripture and Poetry to Adam Foulds for The Broken Sword. I may never do so well again!

In the spirit of looking back, this week's selection is a first novel from 2005 which is receiving renewed publicity. Q & A by Vikas Swarup is the basis for the newly released film Slumdog Millionaire. The novel received excellent reviews when released. It was shortlisted for the Best First Book by the Commonwealth Writers' Prize and won South Africa’s Exclusive Books Boeke Prize 2006, as well as the Prix Grand Public at the 2007 Paris Book Fair. A BBC radio play based on the book won the Gold Award for Best Drama at the Sony Radio Academy Awards 2008 and the IVCA Clarion Award 2008. If the film does well in the Oscars, the book may well become more collectable. First editions of the Doubleday hardcover are uncommon, particularly signed, but there are a couple online in the £20 - 30 range.


Q&A - Doubleday, 2005
Six Suspects - Doubleday, 2008

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