Firstly, do, please, forgive the recent radio silence. I've been out and about (Windsor and Big London) doing exciting Book Depository-related things. The Book Depository recently expanded so lots of cool stuff is going on behind the scenes which you'll see the fruits of soon ...

Regular readers will know that I've always been a bit of fan of the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize (last year, for example, I called it "by far the most interesting of the UK-based literary prizes [which] always turns up a few gems"). Well, I'm thrilled (and delighted and honoured) to say that I've been asked to be one of the judges for the 2009 prize. Yay! How exciting! 80-odd more books to read, mind! Dunno much more than this for now, but shall report back when I learn more (the judging panel is meeting up for our first natter in a few weeks time).

Readers Comments

  1. That's great news, Mark. Looking forward to seeing what translations make the shortlist. Slim volumes, preferably. ;-)

  2. Thanks Stewart. Yup: short, slim, not_long, un_big, modest ... all such will be looked at favourably!

  3. Kristina Bigdeli Friday 12 September 2008

    How does one become a judge for this titillating list of reads?

  4. Great news, Mark, well done! I shall watch the Prize with added attention next year.

  5. Michael Richards Tuesday 16 September 2008

    Excellent news! We'll be sure of seeing some even more interesting titles than usual on the shortlist this year. Happy reading.

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