1. Critics Pick Faulks As This Summer's Choice Author

    By Matt Weston on 2008-08-06

    Centenary novelist Sebastian Faulks has been chosen by critics as this Summer’s choice author, reports

    Sebastian Faulks penned the commercial smash, Devil May Care

    Faulks was the most recommended author in the list, compiled by UK books charity Booktrust, which consisted of over 600 recommendations from 11 publications. The bestselling author was recommended – rather fittingly – a total of (00)7 times for his James Bond novel, Devil May Care as well as his older works, such as Birdsong and Engleby.

    Patrick French’s biography of Nobel prize winner VS Naipaul, The World Is What It Is, was the most recommended title, fetching four votes. Naipaul himself had several novels recommended as summer reads.

    Books published by James Bond publisher Penguin were recommended more than those of any other publisher.

    Booktrust’s James Smith said, “The editors of the literary pages are to be congratulated for choosing old favourites as well as new titles this year. Not everyone has the money in their pocket, or space in their luggage, for a hardback these days.”

    Check out’s two-part wrap-up of the critical reaction to the much-hyped Devil May Care: Part I and Part II.

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