My book of the year for 2009 is Kisses on a Postcard by Terence Frisby. This is the second year running that Bloomsbury have produced my winner (and no I don't work for them and they don't bribe me...), last year's winner being Resistance by Agnes Humbert.
My criteria for choosing my Book of the Year is simple - it has to be a book that, quite simply, knocks me for six. A book which leaves me feeling that I wish I had not finished it; a book I want to go on and on; book that stays with me for a long time after I had read the final page; a book that makes me laugh and/or cry and a book which totally absorbs me so that I am deaf to the world while reading. Kisses on a Postcard fulfils my criteria in every respect and I am delighted to give my Random Award to Terence Frisby this year. When I reviewed Kisses earlier in the year I started my post with the words 'gosh what a lovely lovely book'.
And it is.