Anyone read this year's winner? I set myself the challenge of reading a few past winners and shortlisted ones - depending on what appealed to me and there were some good ones. Room - 2010 - Emma Donoghue - the book was brilliant. The film was awful. Goshawk Squadron - 1971 - "Derek Robinson’s brutally funny appraisal of the contradictions of war follows the misfortunes of a British flight squadron on the Western Front." If you ever read the derring do of Biggles and chums as a kid, then this is the antidote. What the reality must have been like. One keen new pilot is all keen and eager to get at the hun, Sir! The other pilots point out to him that if he wants to kill Germans then he's in the wrong place. If he gets lucky he might kill one or two as a pilot. He wants to get himself on a machine gun in the trenches and then he can kill hundreds.. The Siege of Krishnapur - 1973 - "J.G. Farrell details the siege of a fictional town in India in 1857, when Muslim soldiers turned to bloody rebellion against their British overlords". This is not a battle or war book. It describes the intimate details of the breakdown of society amongst the Richie Raj Brits and the falling away of all the facades of gentile nobility and the class distinctions - especially when it gets down to nothing left to eat and there are hoarders etc.. A brilliant book. Highly recommended.