Perfect timing given this week’s announcement of the Man Booker shortlist, one of our rather brilliant members, Nick Sidwell, told us about thebookglobe.com, a project he’s been working on with his colleague Maddy Beresford.
They have mapped the locations of all 267 Man Booker shortlisted/winning titles (including 2013) onto a Google map.
They tell us that they’d like this to be the beginning of a much bigger project that helps people to discover books all over the world and in every genre. They think that location is an exciting and underused way to find great books.
If you find thebookglobe.com interesting and have any questions, please feel free to get in touch and discuss/tweet/share the website. They’re building this for fun (and because they think others will do so also) in their spare time.
For now, here are some Booker Prize map facts…
- 38 books (5 winners) shortlisted for or awarded the Booker prize have been set in London. Just 7 (1 winner) have been set in the whole of Scotland.
- After London, Dublin is the most frequented city with 9 books (2 winners). Mumbai has 7 (1 winner).
- Northern Ireland is the only part of the United Kingdom that a Booker prize winner hasn’t been set in.
- 18 books (7 winners) have been set in India. New Zealand is the only location with a better conversion of shortlisted entries to winners (1 of 2 … so far!).
If you want to find out more about the project, this is the place: http://thebookglobe.com/about.html – or drop them a line!