Friday, January 12, 2007

Richard and Judy Reveal Shortlist

The Richard and Judy shortlist for 2007 has been announced. For anyone who skipped a beat, these guys host a television book club in the UK and the books they choose will almost certainly hit stratospheric sales figures. (The books on last year's Channel 4 programme shortlist sold 10m copies between them!)

I am much in favour of publicising books in this way, and wish we had an equivalent here. (A little celebrity endorsement would do wonders for books in the Malaysian context! Who would you choose in lieu of Richard and Judy?)

There are some interesting choices on the list, and at least three books on the list are ones I plan to read. The eight chosen books are:

The Interpretation of Murder by Jed Rubenfeld,
The Girls by Lori Lansens,
Restless by William Boyd,
Love in the Present Tense by Catherine Ryan Hyde,
Semi-Detached by Griff Rhys Jones,
This Book Will Save Your Life by AM Homes
Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie,
The Testament of Gideon Mack by James Robertson

You can more read about the titles here.

15 comments:

Lydia Teh said...

Sharon, I think Malaysia could do with an equivalent of Oprah's book endorsement and Richard & Judy. I'm thinking of Anita Sarawak, she had that talk show on Astro but it had to do with matters of the heart. She and her husband could do another one for books.

Ted Mahsun said...

The Siti and Mawi book list?

bibliobibuli said...

lydia - nice one!

ted - i was also thinking of the siti and mawi bookshow

but do any of these people READ???? you gotta have credibility as well as bankability

Lydia Teh said...

Sharon, wasn't Siti roped in for the National Reading campaign month at one time?

If Siti and Mawi were to come up with a booklist, I think it may contain only Malay romance titles. Anita and hubby's book list will be more varied I think.

cato0n said...

Lilian Too's booklist. She is expanding into writing, right? She wrote book titled Empress Wu something , right?

animah said...

I'd like to see Sharon as a host on TV perhaps as part of a morning show. She could be called Biblibibuli or Bibs for short, and she would invite fascinating people, whom she knows many of, and ask them what they read and why. After a few months she could come up with a Bibs Books List.

Kam could talk about his new book. And Lydia, and Yvonne, Dina. Jit and Kee Thuan Chye on their plays. She could invite Lillian Too too.

The possibilities ....

Chet said...

Agree 200% with Animah.

Sufian said...

If anita (and husband), mawi or siti are given book-tv-show, I will personally hunt them down and feed them to hungry dolphins.

This, I swear.

bibliobibuli said...

you so cruel to dolphins, sufian!

i really don't want to be on tv. it needs someone with looks and personality who doesn't fluff their lines or freeze when they see a camera (all unlike me)

Eliza said...

Book endorsers I would take seriously:

You
Marina Mahathir
Yasmin Ahmad
Eric Forbes

And - er - can't think of anyone else, and no, can't think of any malaysian celebs I would respect enough to listen to their book recomendations.

Maybe I'm too harsh but given the image they project, it's all fluff and glamour. It what works, I suppose.

Hmm..having said that, how about Ida Nerina and Harith Iskandar? And Jit!

bibliobibuli said...

eliza - yes, jit, bless him. he's a delight when he talks about books ... and a delight when he talks about anything, of course.

lil ms d said...

sharon i keep telling you, you should be on tv. you'll be great!

bibliobibuli said...

if so will need a stylist and a hairdresser dancing attendance ms d. i'm a sartorial nightmare.

lil ms d said...

aiyah itu bole bikin... what we need is a video cam and a youtube account. then... you're a star :)

bibliobibuli said...

yeh ke? personally i think you would have a terrible struggle to smarten me up.