The CLIP Carnegie Medal

The more observant of you will have noticed the appearance of an new button in the navigation bar. Clicking said button will take you a lovely new page listing the CLIP Carnegie Medal winners, and thus adding at least another dozen books to your wish list. 

I am a little late to the party on this one (I do seem to be dawdling over things of late don’t I?), but the 2014 winners were announced in June, with The Bunker Diary by Kevin Brooks taking top place. 

For those not in the know, The CLIP Carnegie Medal was set up in 1936 memory of Andrew Carnegie, a wealthy industrialist who set up more than 2800 libraries across the world. Mr Carnegie was clearly an all round good egg.  Each year a book is chosen by librarians which is considered to be outstanding writing for children and young people, and the award winner given £500 to buy books for a library of their choice. 

When I saw the list of past winners I realised that I already had a few on my shelves and they had been books I had enjoyed immensely, so promptly decided I needed to read the rest of the list. Why am I so list obsessed? 

I know some adults are a bit sniffy about reading books for children and young adults, but frankly I can’t see the problem. A good and well written yarn, is a good and well written yarn, and I don’t see why I shouldn’t enjoy them too. 

Do you have any favourite children’s books?



The Man Booker Prize

The long list for the Man Booker Prize was announced last week. You can see the full list here. It is very rare that I have read anything on the Booker Prize list. I often read them years later, not because they were on the list, but just because they take my fancy. Sometimes I find the books on the list can, whilst excellent writing, be a little hard going after a long day at the office. 

I was really pleased to The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry on the list. This is excellent literature, it is clever, touching, and a thumpingly good story, combined with eloquent and high quality writing. 

Have you read any of the books on the list? Who do you think deserves to win?