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The Boeke Prize always creates talkability amongst South African publishers, book fans and Fanatics members. Six titles are up for debate; one is… Read More
The Boeke Prize always creates talkability amongst South African publishers, book fans and Fanatics members. Six titles are up for debate; one is selected as the got-to-have read of the year. A panel of South African media judges select their favourite read from the list of six titles. Each book is evaluated on their plot, gripping story lines, individuality and everything that makes a good book, awesome. The book with the most unpredictable, unique quality will make the cut. The history to the Exclusive Books’ Boeke campaign is an unforgettable one. The Boeke Prize first began in 1995 as a tongue-in-cheek take on the celebrated British Man Booker Prize. The South African ‘Boeke’ celebrate top English fiction published in the preceding year, whereas the Man Booker Prize is an extremely prestigious competition for excellently-written works with well-executed themes, plots, and purposes. The books can provide for light, fun reading or can be appropriate additions to academic literature . The winning book can also be rather controversial having seen strict criteria being applied in the last few years. In all respects, the Booker Prize embodies the stiff British upper lip that is so revered in the UK, and the South African Boeke pokes fun at this, while at the same time still remaining a celebration of literature. The Boeke 2012 titles were submitted by local publishers that currently have the largest word-of-mouth appeal. The list is narrowed down by Exclusive Books’ booksellers selected on demand in store, receiving a good amount of reviews and what is most talked about. At the end of the promotion two winners are announced: a Judge’s Choice and a Reader’s Choice, which is revealed at the Boeke Prize 2012 awards event in September. The Boeke promotion titles are for everyone that enjoys a good story. Read Less
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