If you nip over to Susan Hill's blog you will see that we got there in the end and the shortlist announcement for the third annual Long Barn Books First Novel Prize had been made with the winner to be announced next week.
Congratulations to all those who made it onto the shortlist and commiserations to those who didn't.
In the end it wasn't difficult to ignore all the mayhem going on and just focus on the task in hand which was to read more books in a matter of weeks than can be good for me and sift out the good ones.
No different to the Booker Prize I'm sure.
Good thing I'm a nurse and know how to prevent pressure sores.