Kathy Page's Alphabet was another nominee for the Governor General's Literary Award this year. I really didn't read much about it. I don't think I read any reviews or even the synopsis before picking it up. So I didn't know what to expect except that i's likely not a book I would have picked up due to the subject matter. It's about a man Simon Austen, who is serving life in prison in England for murder. Various events happen while he's in jail, including a romance (errr probably not the kind that your thinking of when you think jail and romance).

In some ways it's a strange book. I've never read anything quite like it. It's not a happy book but yet it's hopeful. It's a surprisingly gripping read.

I think it's a book worth reading. It intrigued me.