Woman's Prize For Fiction 2019

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agchristie | 19:20 Sun 09th Jun 2019 | Arts & Literature
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I can never understand Book Awards. The winning book defeated the Booker Award Winner here and was only longlisted for the NBA in the US.

I read Tayari Jones' book last year and wasn't that impressed.

Interested to read your thoughts!


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My thought is that I have never ever bought or read a book on the basis that its a prize winner
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Woofgang, have you ever been surprised that a book you have read was not up for a major award?
different people have different opinions about a book? A more objective method might be to grade them according to the number of adverbs, but I certainly hope nobody tries it.
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Jno, lots of different opinions yes.

Last year, I read the entire Booker Prize longlist and only two I gave a higher rating than 3/5. It was a very indifferent longlist which even included a Graphic Novel!

Many of the 'big' names were overlooked too.
AGchristie "Woofgang, have you ever been surprised that a book you have read was not up for a major award?"

Nope. I read what I like and don't take any notice of book awards.
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Fair enough Woofgang!
I really only choose a book that the synopsis gives me a clue of the subject matter in it that I will enjoy. Rarely disappointed but a few Turkeys. I would never purchase a book to read because it may have been awarded a literary award .
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Retrocop, very sensible!

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