Call me inefficient but a day in London to complete on another big reading project (more of that on here soon...very exciting) and I didn't catch the Booker shortlist until late in the day and only then c/o randomjottings mobile phone as we sat imbibing up on the 5th floor in the Waterstone's watering hole in Piccadilly.If I was a drinking woman I'd have swigged a G&T but I'm not and I still had to get back to Devon so I settled for a diet coke (and bought a few books)
I'll reflect on it all and post later but just wanted to send big congratulations to Canongate. To be exact and of the moment I think the current phrase is "I heart Canongate", OK I do. They must be dancing around the board room table with two books on the shortlist, Kate Grenville's The Secret River and Carry Me Down by M.J.Hyland.I've already waxed ecstatic about one and I will be doing a careful read of the other in the next week or so.
I discovered the inside view of Canongate thanks to the offspringette who, as we know, has her finger on the actual buttons and switches of BBC Scotland and alerted me a good while ago to a programme airing North of the border about Jamie Byng and the whole set up at what would seem to be a young, bright and entrepreneurial publishing house. Innovative and forward thinking and a lovely interview with Margaret Atwood who amusingly recounted just how Jamie Byng had persuaded her into her rewrite of the myth of Penelope.Cornering and no escape until you agree would seem to cover it.
I then contacted Canongate for more information about the Myths series and have been collecting and reading them ever since, apparently we can expect No 100 in 2038.That'll be me with the books in the basket on the zimmer then...deo volente.
I am enjoying the series immensely, especially given my woeful lack of knowledge on the entire subject of Myth and one which is now improving no end but possibly with an element of distortion.
Yes I heart Canongate.