September 25, 2007

The Booker Prize con?

I’ve noticed that charity shops’ bookshelves are disproportionately littered with former winners and nominees of the Booker Prize.

Is this because people are conned into buying them and then realise they’re a bit too ‘wordy’ and convoluted?

Or maybe dead people like Booker Prize winners. They die, the possessions go to Oxfam.

I’d wonder if there’s an unusual amount of CDs being sold second-hand which were nominated for the Mercury Prize. How many Nitin Sawnhey albums have you got that you don’t want?


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  1. I’ve been volunteering in oxfam books for a year, and there is always an unbelievably huge, logistically daunting surplus of donated books in our stockroom. The best, including some prize winners, go onto the shelves; the doubles and other good ones go into stock; the excess is (finally!) getting shipped to a national book barn—and the unfortunate leftovers get binned. It’s horrible, isn’t it, all that paper [and sometimes decent reading material] going into landfills.

    Unfortunately I think you’re right about some prizewinners not being very enjoyable reads for many people, and so cheap romance novels are encroaching on the space reserved for prize winning books at an alarming rate. :/

    25 Sep 2007, 16:37

  2. Ah, that’s a good point actually.

    25 Sep 2007, 18:48


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