A take on the relative worth of prizes, in a profile of Small Island author Andrea Levy in today's UK Guardian Review. The novel's Orange Prize win in 2004 did not significantly up the sales of her now famous novel. Then, according to the article, "in fairly quick succession, came the Whitbread, the Commonwealth and the Orange Best of the Best..." etcetera etcetera. Having been there on the night Levy won the Orange (we were there for Adichie who was shortlisted for Purple Hibiscus), it seemed to me afterwards that you couldn't walk into a London bookstore without being confronted by 'islands' of Levy's novel. But according to the author, it was the Whitbread that really shot the book through the roof.
- Read the Andrea Levy interview here.