Britain's Biggest Book Prize: A Village Decides

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Duration: 30 minutes

For this Culture Show Special on the Man Booker Prize 2010, Tim Samuels visits the Scottish village of Comrie in Perthshire and asks the locals to give him their verdict on this year's Booker shortlist.

Tim has been to Comrie on Booker business for the Culture Show twice before, so as he makes his way around the town to hand out the shortlisted books, he meets many of the characters who have taken up his reading challenge in previous years, from the butcher and the vicar to the lord of the manor.

After three weeks of intensive reading, during which they will have had a chance to talk to the writers, some in person, some via webcam, the people of Comrie will give their verdict on who should win the Man Booker prize this year. The winner will be announced at a special village fete with the local pipe band in attendance.

In their previous Booker reading marathons for the Culture Show, the people of Comrie's book choice has not matched that of the official judges. Will their favourite turn out to be the winner this year?

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  • Tim Samuels with the six shortlisted books in Comrie

    Tim Samuels with the six shortlisted books in Comrie

  • Tim Samuels with a local book group

    Tim Samuels with a local book group


Series Producer
Emily Kennedy
Series Editor
Janet Lee
Tim Samuels
Anja Scharfenorth
Anja Scharfenorth


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