“It is a very readable book, if I may use that word, but readable not only once but twice and even three times,” Chair of the Judges Stella Rimington said. “It is incredibly concentrated. Crammed into this short space is a great deal of information which you don’t get out of a first read.” I suppose I’ll have to re-read it now, then; I must have missed a lot the first time around.
Barnes won it with his fourth nomination. In his own words: “I didn’t want to go to my grave and get a Beryl” – aawwww! Congratulations Mr. Barnes! And, as Doctor Claw would probably say to Carol Birch, “Next time, Gadget!”