Waverton Good Read

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Events and Meetings in 2004 - 2005

The announcement of the winner of the 2004/05 Waverton Good Read Award was made at the village fete on Saturday 2nd July.

On Friday 7th October 2005 the presentation dinner for the winning author (Jonathan Trigell) was held at Eaton Golf Club.


On Monday March 14th in Waverton Primary School:Andrey Kurkov, author of "Death and the Penguin" and "A Matter of Death and Life" spoke entertainingly about his experiences as a banned novelist in Russia (and played the piano).

Andre Kurkov at the piano

On Monday 17th January Jonathan Trigell, author of "Boy A" (one of the leading contenders at this stage) spoke about how his writing had developed.

At this meeting of the Waverton Good Read it was decided that 23 books should go through to the next stage.

We would like to thank Serpents Tail Publishers for their support for this event.

Jonathan Trigell signing copies of Boy A

Readers' comments in 2004/5 included:

" When I think of Art, I think of passion - the book conveyed this" [The Bestowing Sun]

"Once I got over the awful language, I found this quite compulsive reading! Certainly different to anything else I've ever read." [Deadfolk]

"Wow! The only book that I've read that I would buy." [Valaida]

"A gripping read, although difficult if you are fond of Manchester!" [The Craze]

"Interesting concept - writing a suppposedly fictional novel based so closely on your own life - and allowing someone to read it." [The Land as Viewed from the Sea]

"Extremely believable, well written, liked short bursts of chapters as pace quickened to climax; unexpected twist at end - really enjoyed" [At Risk]

"Compelling - I had to go on reading although it appalled me, so does that make it a good read?" [The Craze]

On Tuesday 30th November at Waverton Primary School Hall Tricia Wastvedt spoke about her debut novel "The River". An appreciative audience of more than 50 readers listened to Tricia's account of how she came to write her novel, and then quizzed her for quite a time afterwards (over a glass of wine). Here are some pictures of the event:

Tricia Wastvedt
Tricia Wastvedt and Wendy Smedley
Three readers
Tricia Wastvedt, Peter Smedley and Edward Whalley
Gwen Goodhew and Tricia Wastvedt

Readers' comments in 2004/5 included:

"This is a very hard book to judge. Very well researched - a brilliant historical/artistic novel; not everyone's cup of tea but could become a future classic." [Arnolfini]

"As a DIY handbook for embryonic lesbians, probably a useful reference." [Brass]

"Charming story" [The Two-Pound Tram]

"A complex thriller/terrorist novel with authentic detail but sometimes over-complicated. A good read but not great literature." [Phoenix]

"Slightly over-long, but the plot kept moving, albeit with a limited number of characters. It promised more than it finally delivered but the central character was both likeable and cynical, and the whole thing was most readable." [Demon of the Air]

"V good, v different. Big themes and ideas - will read it again sometime." [The Society of Others]

"Interesting use of CAPITALS for emphasis and speech which fits admirably with the age of the character. Interesting slant on personal experience of war instead of politics of it." [How I Live Now]