Thursday, 14 January 2010

Vote for the greatest literary achievement of the decade

Thanks to all who nominated for the final two spots in the Books, Time, and Silence 'Greatest literary achievement of the decade' poll. There were many great suggestions but in the end I went for Carol Ann Duffy being named the first female poet laureate, and David Peace for actually writing a good sports book.

The shortlist in full is:
  • JK Rowling for getting people reading, inspiring so much fun, and then completing Harry Potter 
  • Naomi Klein for No Logo, the book which defined many of the leading political debates of the decade
  • Dave Eggers for A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, McSweeneys, and the 826 Valencia project 
  • Jonathan Safran Foer for Everything is Illuminated and inspiring such unrestrained hyperbole
  • Yann Martel for The Life of Pi. The first book for years to match Booker success with popularity
  • The person that designed the jacket for The Da Vinci Code and inspired the look of all mystery books for the rest of the decade
  • Richard Dawkins for The God Delusion and getting so many atheists on their high horses
  • Cormac McCarthy for The Road. A great work of fiction
  • David Peace for The Damned Utd. Not only a good sports book but great use of second person narrative
  • Carol Ann Duffy for being named the first female Poet Laureate (and being a popular choice too)
Please vote. There is a box at the top of the let hand column, simply tick the box next to the achievement you wish to vote for and click 'vote'. 

And what have I left out? Comment on my glaring ommissions and educate me!

Voting closes at 7pm on Tuesday 19th January.


Anonymous said...

Here's why Jonathan Safran Foer is going vegan! Check out this informative and inspiring video.

Sam Ruddock said...

Thanks for that, Anonymous. A good video (though a bit long!) about an important subject. I am vegetarian and moving towards a more vegan diet.

I am well aware why JSF has gone vegan, having read Eating Animals and about 50 interviews with him over the past couple of weeks. Though don't think he is actually vegan, just on a road he hopes will colminate in becoming vegan.

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