Annal: 1991 Whitbread Book Award for First Novel

Results of the Whitbread Book Award in the year 1991.

Book:Alma Cogan

Alma Cogan: A Novel

Gordon Burn

How does it feel to be never allowed to die? In his classic début novel, Gordon Burn takes Britain’s biggest selling vocalist of the 1950s and turns her story into an equation of celebrity and murder. Fictional characters jostle for space with real life stars—from John Lennon to Doris Day and Sammy Davis Jr—as Burn, in a breathtaking act of appropriation, reinvents the popular culture of the post-war years. As beautifully written as it is disturbing, Alma Cogan remains a stingingly relevant exploration of the sad, dark underside of fame.

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