by Jonny on Mar 10, 2009 at 10:14 am
Natasha Mostert was last night named the winner of the book to talk about, a World Book Day poll to find a discussion-worthy contemporary book with word-of-mouth appeal. Her psychological thriller-cum-gothic novel Season of the Witch, published by Bantam, won 25% of the public vote, and its author Natasha Mostert received a cheque for £5,000 at a ceremony at Waterstone’s Piccadilly, London.
Season of the Witch beat off stiff competition from a ten-strong short list including a comic exploration of modern Welsh culture in Random Deaths and Custard; a memoir of a South Asian girl’s dating adventures Catch a Fish From the Sea (Using the Internet); a Chinese cop’s search for his daughter on the mean streets of rural England in Bad Traffic; and an account of seven years of travel in Wild.
The Book to Talk About poll was carried out to bring to light hidden gems amongst the thousands of books published, and to provide an alternative reading agenda to that dictated by critics and prize juries. Since the campaign was launched on the World Book Day website last November, more than 8,000 book lovers have voted online on the “talkability” merits of a list of 50 titles, selected by an expert panel of judges. The public’s short list of ten was revealed at the end of January.
Voters for the book online loved the mystery and intrigue of the book, and revealed that many a late night had been spent reading in to the early hours. Readers said:
“This book went from one hand to another based on the great comments after reading …everybody had great things to say.”
“Captivating story, well-researched, superbly written – what’s there not to like? A delicious read.”
“This book is the kind of book that you can’t stop reading till you solve the mystery in the story. Romance, drama and supernatural makes this book truly unique.”
A huge congratulations to Natasha and thank you to everyone who voted for Season of the Witch
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