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Neil Gaiman's American Gods chosen by Twitter book club

5th May 2010

Twitter users have nominated Neil Gaiman's American Gods as their first worldwide book club choice.

The award-winning author was up against a shortlist of 20th century literary giants including Ray Bradbury, George Orwell and Kurt Vonnegut, but was tipped to be selected as a result of his huge following on the micro-blogging website.

One Book, One Twitter was launched today and the book club's founder Jeff Howe, editor of Wired, says he expects the scheme to get a 'zillion people' reading and tweeting about modern fiction.

Despite the boost in sales Gaiman is expected to receive as a result of being nominated as the first One Book, One Twitter author, the writer is wary of users' choice.

He said: 'It's not a book I'd hand out to everyone, because the people who don't know anything about what I've written and who hate it - who might have loved Stardust, or Neverwhere, or The Graveyard Book or Sandman - probably won't go and look any further.'

Last week, Gaiman used Twitter to confirm he had finished writing a script for the next series of Doctor Who.

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