Beware the Hype: My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout

  My Name is Lucy Barton has been included on the longlist for the Man Booker Prize 2016, and so understandably it’s quite popular at the moment generating a bit of hype. Almost every review I have read (both in newspapers/magazines and online) has been favourable, mentioning the beauty of the writing and the emotional… Continue reading Beware the Hype: My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout

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Review: Almost English by Charlotte Mendelson (Man Booker Prize 2013 Longlist)

Almost English came to me by chance, and I was instantly taken with its cover (they are so, so important, aren't they?). It is not only striking but carefully designed, and modern too. 'Modern' - what I mean by that really is that it does not look like a lot of other book covers knocking… Continue reading Review: Almost English by Charlotte Mendelson (Man Booker Prize 2013 Longlist)

The Man Booker Prize Longlist 2013 Is Announced!

Literary prizes are always fun: plenty of speculation and eager guesses, plus loads of reviews and recommendations to savour. There are also the bloggers who try to read whole longlists and shortlists, whom I really admire because I could never take on that amount of reading with a deadline! And the nominated books are always… Continue reading The Man Booker Prize Longlist 2013 Is Announced!

Best of 2012: Bring Up The Bodies by Hilary Mantel – Guest Post by Peggy Riley

This post has kindly been written by author and playwright Peggy Riley. Peggy's debut novel Amity and Sorrow will be published in March 2013 by Tinder Press, a new imprint of Headline. Here Peggy talks about her pick for 2012, Booker Prize winning Bring Up The Bodies by Hilary Mantel. * My book of the… Continue reading Best of 2012: Bring Up The Bodies by Hilary Mantel – Guest Post by Peggy Riley

 

A not-for-profit publisher have a book on the Booker long list! Very exciting. Also, it sounds really rather good. Reblogged from Dog Ear Discs.

 

The nomination of Swimming Home on the Booker longlist is a lot more important than first appears. Upon opening my copy of the novel, I discovered that not only are & Other Stories a not for profit publisher who stand for the writing above the money that is pulled in from selling their titles, but the novel was also backed by Lottery funding. The fact that this novel made it to the Booker longlist shows that great literature isn’t just coming from the big publishing houses, this is a big deal.

It also helps that Deborah Levy’s novel is utterly worthy of its inclusion. Swimming Home is a short, impactful and punchy read that is overflowing with emotion. The premise is basic, but it’s the cast and the craft that has gone into their creation that make the novel a stand out work. The book opens with a glimpse of…

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