Curious Times at the Portsmouth Book Awards
Looking through the other books nominated I was struck by a couple of things. One that I’m humbled to be in such great company. The other that it seems there’s almost a theme in the titles of the books.
Here is the shortlist:
Bird, Faye: My Second Life
Boroughs, Allan: Ironheart
Easton, Tom: Seven Second Delay
McKenzie, Sophie: Split Second
Updale, Eleanor: The Last Minute
Notice anything odd? Three of the titles contain the word ‘Second’, another contains the word ‘Minute’. Allan Boroughs’ Ironheart is the odd one out having no time-related words in the title.
What this means is anyone’s guess, probably a coincidence, but it seems the good people of Portsmouth like a thriller, especially ones with a race-against-the-clock element.
This is the second time I’ve been nominated for this award. HAV3N was shortlisted in 2013.
Hold on…SECOND?...TIME? This is just getting weird.
I’m gonna need a minute.