February 1, 2010 - January 31, 2011
This challenge pits winners of the English Man Booker Prize against winners of the Scottish James Tait Black Memorial Prize in a British Version of the Battle of the Prizes. (Click here for the American Version.)
Does one prize have higher standards than the other? Pick better winners? Provide more reading entertainment or educational value? Maybe challenge participants will be able to answer these and more questions – maybe they will simply read three or four great books!
OPTION ONE: Chose three books that you have not read before:
1) One that won both the Booker and the James Tait Black prizes (here is the short list of double dippers);
2) One that won the Booker but not the James Tait Black (Booker winners are here); and
3) One that won the James Tait Black but not the Booker (James Tait Black winners are here).
OPTION TWO: For those who have already read all three of the double-dippers, or otherwise do not want to read one of those three, pick two Booker winners and two James Tait Black winners for a total of four books.
- Overlap with other challenges is allowed -- and encouraged! The Complete Booker is a logical crossover. The great thing is, for those working on both these lists, completing the challenge means reading three books, but crossing four items off the lists.
- You do not have to commit to your choices now; you can change your mind about books at any time.
To join, go to The Battle of the Prizes, British Version.