Statistics: Favourite Book Prize

Book groups have voted Ms.Barbara Kingsolver's novel 'The Poisonwood Bible', about a US American missionary in 1950s Africa, their favourite read. Mr.Mark Haddon's 'The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time' came second in the survey of groups entering 'The Penguin/Orange Reading Group Prize', organisers said on Friday 2005-07-29. Works by Mr.Khaled Hosseini, Ms.Andrea Levy and Ms.Tracy Chevalier completed the top five books for reading groups. 'The Poisonwood Bible', published in 1998, earned Ms.Kingsolver accolades at home in the USA and abroad and was nominated for 'The Pulitzer' and 'PEN/Faulkner' awards. It tells the story of a 'Baptist minister' who takes his wife and four daughters from a small town in Georgia, USA, to set up a mission in the Belgian Congo in 1959. More than 160 reading groups, with about 2_500 members, offered their all-time favourite books for the poll. The top of the list was dominated by books published in the last decade. Mr.Mark Haddon's work and 'The Kite Runner', a novel of Afghan-born author Mr.Khaled Hosseini, at number three, were both published in 2003. Ms.Andrea Levy's 'Small Island', in fourth place, won 'The Orange' and 'Whitbread' prizes after being released last year, 2004, while Ms.Tracy Chevalier's 'Girl With a Pearl Earring' came out in 2000. Classics on the list include 'To Kill a Mockingbird' by Mr.Harper Lee at six, Mr.John Steinbeck's 'The Grapes of Wrath' at 12 and Ms.Charlotte Bronte's 'Jane Eyre' at 16. Mr.Guy Pringle, one of 'The Reading Group' Prize judges, said all the novels 'struck a lasting chord with passionate readers'.
'Reading groups have once again made up their own minds about what they want to read -- in spite of publishers' marketing campaigns,' he said. 'Word-of-mouth recommendation is clearly crucial, pushing new titles like "The Kite Runner" instantly on to "The Reading Group" bestseller list alongside old favourites.'
''The Poisonwood Bible' voted top read by book groups', Yahoo! News, 2005-07-29 13:58


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Harry Potter every time ;)

8/05/2005 05:32:00 am  

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