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Man Booker Prize 2012 winner announced

I am following a minute by minute update on the announcement and finally here it is:

Hilary Mantel won again.

Part of me is disappointed that the award is not given to an author who had never won before.

What do you think about the winner this year?

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23 thoughts on “Man Booker Prize 2012 winner announced

  1. I feel the same way. Bring Up the Bodies has been getting a ton of press, sales etc because Mantel’s won before. Why not give the exposure (not to mention the honours) to someone new?

    Posted by DebbieRodgers (@DebbieRodgers) | October 16, 2012, 10:55 pm
  2. I haven’t read it yet, but I was hoping for The Garden of Evening Mists to win.

    Posted by biblioglobal | October 17, 2012, 1:32 am
  3. I have also not read it yet but I hope to get to it eventually.

    Posted by Mystica | October 17, 2012, 3:09 am
  4. Wow, it sure is something to be a double Man Booker Prize winner … Sadly I haven’t started on Wolf Hall even .. the sheer size of it was intimidating !

    Posted by Joanna | October 17, 2012, 7:04 am
  5. I haven’t read it but my husband has. He thought Wolf Hall exceptional, but Bring Up The Bodies disappointing in comparison (partly because the story it tells, unlike the one in the first book, is so well known.)

    Posted by Maxine | October 17, 2012, 8:33 am
    • Maxine,
      Many readers seem to say the same thing. Bringing up the bodies not as good as Wolf Hall. Oh Well, the judges doesn’t think so!

      Posted by JoV | October 17, 2012, 11:21 am
      • You’ve probably heard of “award syndrome” – once you win one, you go on to win lots more! (Though admittedly not necessarily for different books.) I think they could have chosen a more imaginative winner but should not really say that as I haven’t read the books.

        Posted by Maxine | October 17, 2012, 1:09 pm
  6. not suprised Jo v but think it is the wrong choice ,all the best stu

    Posted by winstonsdad | October 17, 2012, 4:21 pm
  7. I’m disappointed for the same reason. Plus, I don’t think I will read either of her books soon.

    Posted by Athira | October 17, 2012, 5:10 pm
  8. Are you kidding me? Is this April Fool’s day? Again? Wow!

    Posted by Ti | October 19, 2012, 1:58 pm
  9. OK I am seriously missing something here as I read both Wolf Hall & this and enjoyed neither. I’m starting to worry about my reading skills!

    Posted by Sam (Tiny Library) | October 19, 2012, 5:36 pm
  10. I’m sure she deserved it (although I’ve still got to read both of her winning books)… but yeah, I share your disappointment, Jo. If only Eng or some other person had won!

    Posted by Chinoiseries | October 21, 2012, 9:17 am
  11. I was disappointed also-it seemed like a very safe dull choice for the award that will do little to stimulate English language fiction

    Posted by mel u | October 24, 2012, 7:59 am

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