Winners announced

2010-09-22 00:00

AUTHORS David Nicholls (Judge’s award) and Sarah Blake (Reader’s Choice), took the 2010 Boeke Prize accolades at an event in Johannesburg last week.

One Day by Nicholls scored top votes from the judges while Blake’s The Postmistress was the choice of Exclusive Books Fanatics’ members.

Witness Books Editor Margaret von Klemperer was among the judges who chose One Day.

She described it as “one of those real feelgood books, but with a bit of substance as well” (see the review, published on September 8, at

The Boeke Prize looks for what makes a book absolutely unputdownable, and a panel of 27 book reviewers from various media then choose the most unputdownable from a shortlist of six.

This year’s shortlist was — besides One Day and The Postmistress — Valeria’s Last Stand by Marc Fitten; Man from Beijing by Henning Mankell; Innocent by Scott Turow; and Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel.

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