Bristol Festival of Ideas Book Prize 2011 Shortlist Released

And my book is on it, along with five others. Two from the Penguin group, two from Icon and one each from Verso and Faber.

The prize is, according to the organizers ‘awarded to the book published in 2010 which presents new, important and challenging ideas, which is rigorously argued, and which is engaging and accessible’.

Given the quality of the books shortlisted this year and in previous years, it’s much better to be on the list than not.

Should my book win there might well be a rush on over at Amazon, so I’d recommend placing your orders now.

UPDATE: The Bookseller, the trade magazine for the book trade, has written about the shortlist. They lead with the fact that two of the books are from Penguin. It might have made more sense to focus on the fact that a relatively small independent publisher, Icon, has as many books on the list as Penguin. After all, Penguin is a large multinational with considerable market power and Icon, well, Icon isn’t. So, congratulations Icon.

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