And the prize for best ‘Not the Booker’ display goes to…
As it turned out, we weren’t exactly overwhelmed with responses to our “Not the Booker“ contest offering booksellers a chance to show off photos of their “Not the Booker” displays.We had a slightly warmer response when we opened up the contest to non-booksellers, but we weren’t flooded by any stretch of the imagination. We’re not sure if booksellers were hit with a sudden attack of shyness, or just didn’t fancy the free publicity!
However the good news is we did receive one quite lovely response. As both a Brit and a former Brighton resident I am delighted to announce that Waterstone’s Brighton are our competition winners! Sara sent us this great picture of their display which is titled: “The readers of the Guardian Books Blog present a new, alternative shortlist of worthy heirs to the mammoth prize of literature”.
As well as the “Not the Booker” shortlist, they have also included other great books which they felt were missing from the nominations, missing out The Cuckoo Boy by Grant Gillespie which is reprinting. From left to right, their display features: Nourishment by Gerard Woodward; Advice for Strays by Justine Kilkerr; Deloume Road by Matthew Hooton; The Canal by Lee Rourke; Pictures of Lily by Matthew Yorke; Started Early, Took My Dog by Kate Atkinson; Gabriel’s Angel by Mark A. Radcliffe; February by Lisa Moore; The Hand That First Held Mine by Maggie O’Farrell; Our Tragic Universe by Scarlett Thomas and C by Tom McCarthy.
So congratulations and thanks to Waterstone’s Brighton, for coming first out of one! Something you can be proud of for years to come, I’m sure.