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.
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.
Posted by João Ribas at 9:00 PM