Amazing news . . .
The Rain has been nominated for the 2015 CILIP Carnegie Medal.
It’s a very long list of nominations, but it feels like a very great honour just to be on that list.
When I was growing up, we didn’t really go to bookshops.
If we had book vouchers, we went to a shop called WH Smith; if we had cash, we went to the charity shop (Oxfam!).
The rest of the time, every week – every single week – we went to THE LIBRARY.
Ah! Don’t get me started . . . at a library you can gorge on books FOR FREE. Any subject . . . any anything . . . and if your library hasn’t got the book you want, they can order it.
If you clicked on the CILIP Carnegie Medal link, you’ll have seen this already: Andrew Carnegie (1835-1919) was a Scottish self-made industrialist (who made money in steel in the USA). He gave away 90% of what he made. He went to the library when he was a kid . . . and later vowed, “if ever wealth came to me that it should be used to establish free libraries.”
There are more than 2,800 Carnegie libraries across the English-speaking world.
I feel honoured that The Rain has been nominated for this award.