The [superlative adjective] [genre parameter] [format parameter] book of the [geographically and chronologically bounded] year.
I then moved oh-so-smoothly into a discussion of the first two 'variables' (adjective, genre), which I had bundled together as the "subjective" criteria. My conclusions were that:
- There may be a further case to made in favour of tighter criteria - that narrowing the focus of an award doesn't lead to 'worse' books
- Discussion around subjective criteria, even if it is critical, still, ultimately, fulfils the mission of awards, as it is discussion about books
What happens when we look at the second half of the formula, and the "objective" criteria?
Let's dive in...