Much was made on the telly last night (BBC2 anyway) about the great Book Giveaway. One million books, 25 titles in all, 20,000 givers involved. Impressive stuff. I love books. Read voraciously for months and then stop completely for half a year. Odd but very allatsea.
I thought the choice of the 25 authors was a little disappointing, no Terry Pratchett for a start and I’m not a fan I hasten to add. Simply puzzled why the most read/published author in Britain wasn’t included. Possibly because he isn’t up his own backside like so many of them are.
One title I was familiar with was the Mark Haddon best seller, ‘The Curious Incident of the Dog In the Nightime’. I enjoyed that book, it was an interesting ride of a read but I couldn’t sympathise with the central character, an Aspergers syndrome teenager living in what was a rather disjointed and unfaithful family. The author explained how he’d sought to tell his story through the voice of the youngster because that would get the message across so much better than if it had been relayed by an other. Well Mr Haddon, maybe it was my rather brutal and abused childhood (thankyou mummy allatsea) but I finished the book thinking that master central character needed a damned good kicking rather than empathy and cuddles. Needless to say, I wasn’t asked to contribute to the programme with my critique.
By the way, his follow up read, ‘A spot of bother’ was really rather lovely, that did leave me wanting to give empathy and cuddles.