I knew it, I should have had a flutter on the Giller, Canada's big literary prize. Chaired by Margaret Atwood and she and I always agree on things. Anyone who can remember the embryonic days of dovegreyreader scribbles will know that it was Margaret Atwood's writing that inspired me to begin this online bookish conversation with the rest of the world back in 2006. I even took the liberty of calling her Peggy, such good friends were we, though actually Peggy wouldn't know me if she trod on me.
So the only book I've managed to read from this year's short list Through Black Spruce by Joseph Boyden, finished it last week having made it last four weeks and not wanting it to end, and it's won and I am beyond delighted.
I do think it's important to train your children well and mine are all trained in the art of Buying Their Mother a Book Wherever They Are in the World. So the Kayaker knew to check his emails at Vancouver airport as he returned from his white-water Fraser river guiding summer. There of course was my shopping list and lo as he walked into the bookshop behold there was Through Black Spruce. The book even survived the journey home to Devon nestled in amongst a load of wet, smelly river gear.
Some things are just meant to be and surely not that many copies in the UK right now, but there will be because W&N have this one lined up for March 2009 publication.
Clearly Margaret Atwood and I are as always, in hearty and cordial agreement, Through Black Spruce has been an awesome read and my thoughts on it soon once they've crystallised into coherence, but meanwhile the Kayaker currently in Croatia, and I'm a bit confounded, which book do I ask him to bring back from there?