Bulwer-Lytton Prize in Alchemical Literature

The Bulwer-Lytton Prizes for 2008 have been announced (HT to Perelandra!) and the Children’s Literature Prize Winner is a wow. Who would believe that Ms. Rowling’s literary alchemy has become such a commonplace?

Winner: Children’s Literature: Joanne watched her fellow passengers – a wizened man reading about alchemy; an oversized bearded man-child; a haunted, bespectacled young man with a scar; and a gaggle of private school children who chatted ceaselessly about Latin and flying around the hockey pitch and the two-faced teacher who they thought was a witch – there was a story here, she decided. – Tim Ellis

Congratulations to Mr. Ellis on this brilliant paragraph and summary of all things Potter!


  1. Arabella Figg says

    Bravo! I thought of entering this fun contest once. I should think about next year.

    And this Lyttonesque run-on sentence not only summarizes Potterdom, but gives a charming and whimsical picture of Rowling’s on-train inspiration.

    Curious Black’s on-train direct to the food bowl…

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