Judging IMPAC/What Happened to “Beyond Black”?

June 12, 2006

Judging the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award
Jane Koustas was asked to judge the richest and most international of literary prizes, the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. In the Toronto Star, she provides a diary of the perks and perils of taking on such a role. By the way, the winner will be announced on Wednesday.

What Happened to Hilary Mantel's Beyond Black?
That's the question asked in the Guardian: “As Ms Smith and Mr McEwan basked in acclaim for their novels On Beauty and Saturday respectively, Hilary Mantel's Beyond Black, an extraordinary work of 1990s nostalgia, was overlooked. Despite being at one point the bookies' favourite to win the Man-Booker prize, and shortlisted for the Orange and Commonwealth prizes, Mantel's novel failed to reap the rewards that both its critical praise and healthy sales figures – 75,000 copies at last count – suggest it deserves. Such is often the case in the literary world, yet…”


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