It's just a few hours until the Man Booker Prize winner is announced. Hey, I'm excited!
And oh ... I've changed my mind about who I want to win. It's a bit presumptuous of me since I haven't read the whole shortlist, but I wonder if there really can be a stronger contender than Julian Barnes' Arthur and George which I've just finished reading. The story telling is compelling, the writing a joy, the characters fully fleshed and engaging, the historical research meticulous. I might be a smigeon prejudiced because much of the story is set in the Midlands where I come from and also because I have loved Sherlock Holmes since I was a kid, and in this book Barnes appropriates his creator and presses him into service to solve a real-life crime.
Yes, this should be the judges' choice.
The Man Booker website lets readers vote on their choice and yes, popular opinion puts Barnes ahead of all but the Ishiguro (my previous first choice and the one I staked my margueritas on).
Which way will it go?