Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Ali Smith's novel The Accidental has won the Whitbread Novel of the Year Award, beating out both Shalimar the Clown by Salman Rushdie and A Long Way Down by Nick Hornby. Smith was shorlisted for the Saltire Scottish Book of the Year Award and the Man Booker Prize.

The book now competes for the £25,000 Whitbread Book of the Year Award, its stiffest competition being Hilary Spurling's Matisse the Master, which I think will win, despite the precedent: the past two winners of were both novels, Mark Haddon's oustanding cross-over novel The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time in 2004, and Small Island by Andrea Levy in 2003.

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