Boeke Prize 2012: We have a winner

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Exclusive Books is thrilled to announce the two winners of the Boeke Prize 2012, The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce (published by Random House) and Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn (published by Book Promotions).

The Boeke Prize 2012 always has two winners – one selected by a panel of judges from the South African media, and the other by Exclusive Books Fanatics members who vote for their favourite read. The awards are a fixture of the South African literary calendar. The Boeke campaign has become an institution in itself as both the media and public clamour each year to get a peek at the shortlist and begin voting.

Other brilliant reads on the Boeke Prize 2012 shortlist this year were: Walk Across The Sun by Corben Addison, Age Of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker, The Light Between Oceans by ML Stedman and The Watch by Joydeep Roy-Bhattacharya.

The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry is an exciting debut from a wonderful new fiction voice: this is the tender, comic, and utterly captivating story of Harold Fry who takes a walk to save a life and whose journey will prove life-changing for him, the wife he leaves behind, and the people he meets along the way. The novel was also featured on the Man Booker shortlist and is set to be one of the huge literary successes of the year. The Exclusive Books Fanatics voted this their clear favourite.

Gillian Flyn’s Gone Girl was the Judges’ excellent choice for the Boeke Prize this year. Just how well can you ever know the person you love? This is the question that Nick Dunne must ask himself on the morning of his fifth wedding anniversary, when his wife Amy suddenly disappears. The police immediately suspect Nick. Amy’s friends reveal that she was afraid of him, that she kept secrets from him. He swears it isn’t true. A police examination of his computer shows strange searches. He says they aren’t his. And then there are the persistent calls on his mobile phone.

So what did really did happen to Nick’s beautiful wife? And what was left in that half-wrapped box left so casually on their marital bed? In this novel, marriage truly is the art of war. The novel is fast-paced and brutal with enough twists to keep readers guessing until the last minute.

2012 marks the 18th annual Exclusive Books Boeke Prize, proving that it has become a highly coveted accolade in the publishing industry. The Boeke campaign celebrates Exclusive Books’ love of literature with the shortlist of the best books of the year being selected for their valued readers.

An interesting fact about the Boeke Prize is that eleven of the books that have received the award since its inception have been adapted into films. If this trend continues be sure to have read these acknowledged books before their silver screen versions are released!

Click here for photos of the Exclusive Books Boeke Prize 2012 award ceremony.

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