Posted by: paultovell | October 10, 2009

Wolf Hall in 60 seconds

Wolf Hall

Wolf Hall

Shamefully I have still not found my way to a copy of the Booker prize winner, announced on Tuesday.  I am told by everyone that it’s a good read despite the goriness and the length, and I hope to get round to it soon.  But in the meantime I must share a quick summary I found on the web this week that will certainly help to get the general point across…

What do we think, could this work in libraries if we paste them onto little shelf-talkers that jump out of the shelves a la Waterstones?  Or maybe Mr Crace himself might come and do some readings from his pastiches.  An author visit with a difference.  In fact my favourite Crace treatment is of the epic multi-generational Children’s Book.  Byatt’s substantial work is summed up in the stark but telling phrase:  “It was 1918. Everyone had been killed. Except the ones that hadn’t”.


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