Soldier wins Blooker Prize

Colby Buzzell‘s memoir about his year of fighting in Iraq has won the Blooker Prize for the best book of the year based on a blog.

The former US machine gunner’s book “My War: Killing Time in Iraq” was awarded the £5000 ($A12,000) prize, beating out 110 entries from 15 countries. “It was just a way for me to deal with what I was going through,” Buzzell said, explaining his pure intention in writing the book.

Arianna Huffington, one of the Blooker judges, referred to the book as “an unfiltered, often ferocious expression of his boots-on-the-ground view of the Iraq war.”

The prize is sponsored by, an on-demand printing company.