On Sunday 13 October 2013 I went along to The Man Booker Prize Readings at the Southbank Centre. This is where the shortlisted authors for the prize that year read from their book and do a Q&A with the audience. At some point in the evening I had a perfectly rational thought, that I’d like to read all the prize winning books. The less rational bit is that I thought I’d like to do it before I turn 30. I blame a number of friends (they know who they are) who have recently completed challenges before significant birthdays.
To read all the Booker Prize winning books by my 30th Birthday – 15 July 2016.
What this means:
The Booker Prize was started in 1969, 44 years ago (from 2013), but thanks to a couple of years where 2 winners were announced – 1974 and 1992* (!), the additional 2 winners who will be announced before my 30th Birthday, and the fact that I’ve only read one past winner (The Life of Pi by Yann Martel) there are a grand total of 47 books to read in the next 32 months and 8 days.
A bit about me:
I’ve always loved reading and have happy memories of it as a hobby throughout my life so far. However, I’m no literary buff (A-level English Literature certainly doesn’t count), I usually read what takes my fancy or what friends and family recommend or lend me at a pace that varies greatly and fits in with whatever if going on in my life at that point in time. But I love a challenge, especially one I can make a list for and work my way through.
I plan to write about each of the winning books I read on my adventure, at the moment there’s no specific plan about what order I’m going read them in or what I’m going to write, as with all adventures I think it should be a fluid thing that evolves as I go along!
Join me on my adventure and please feel free to share your thoughts, comments and questions on what I write – and suggest which one from the list I should read next!