Sunday, December 4, 2011

British Battle of the Prizes

January 1, 2012 – January 31, 2013

This is the third year Rose City Reader has hosted the British Version of the Battle of the Prizes Challenge.

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.


  • The challenge runs for 13 months (I like an extra month to finish). Read all books between January 1, 2012 and January 31, 2013.
  • Sign up here using the Mr. Linky under the PARTICIPANTS" heading. Please use the link to your challenge post, not the home page of your blog. If you do not have a blog, please leave a comment with the list of your three choices and I will add you to the participant list in this post.
  • You do not have to commit to your choices now; you can change your mind about books at any time.
  • 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.
  • As you progress, please let us know by leaving comments with links to progress reports and reviews. Reviews are not necessary, but encouraged. If you do not have a blog, put your reviews or reports in a comment on this post.
  • You can copy and paste the button. Or, if you want me to send you the code, please leave a comment with an email and I will. I cannot figure out the fancy ways of giving directions.

For more information and to sign-up, please see this post.