Did you see the Booker shortlist that was announced this week? Jim Crace’s Harvest has been hotly tipped to win since it was included in the longlist earlier this year. I decided to read it so that I was a) ahead of the game, and b) well, so that I know what all the fuss is about.
On a side note, this issue of an author reviewing other author’s books can be a little thorny at times. My approach is as follows. If I like a book and want you to read it, I’m happy to review it. If I don’t enjoy a book very much, I won’t review it.
You might think that’s a massive cop out, but I disagree. Reading and sharing good books is a tremendously positive thing and I don’t want to waste my energy on telling you not to buy a book. Books need buying. I want to persuade, not dissuade.
I’m also not that keen on dissing the hard work of other writers. It’s really difficult to write a book and nuff respect to anyone who manages it. Like I say, I’d rather concentrate on being supportive of the work that warms my cockles.
You’ll notice this review comes in video format. That’s the way I’m rolling at the moment. Let me know what you think and if you’re reading this in your feed reader or in an email, you can watch the review on YouTube right here.