Category Archive: Booker Prize

#AW80Books: Madeleine Thien’s ‘Do Not Say We Have Nothing’

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Some books are so brilliant, they’re difficult to put down. Sometimes the opposite is true, too. A novel can be so powerful that it can’t be rushed, so important that I need to… Continue reading

Well what’s one to do when Balzac takes a bath?

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The other night I’d been enjoying a long soak in the bath engrossed in my book, The Chouans , the first volume of novels comprising Balzac’s The Human Comedy. Thus far, I’ve enjoyed it far more than… Continue reading

The Remains Of The Day

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Wow. If ever there was a worthy Booker winner, this is it. I loved this book. It is so simple yet multi-faceted, easy to read yet very deep. It reminds me of the… Continue reading

It’s Bookermas Time!

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Booookermas time, mistletoe and wine, (or biscuits and tea, if you’re me) Happy Bookermas everyone! Right now Father Booker is looking at his short list, deciding whose publisher to reward with a spike… Continue reading

Zen and the Art of Quantum Mechanics: Ruth Ozeki’s ‘A Tale For The Time Being’ #AW80Books

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It’s not often that I’m lost for words, but I’ve been struggling with how to begin writing about Ruth Ozeki’s A Tale for the Time Being. My mind has been completely blown by it. In… Continue reading

‘If there’s something strange in your neighbourhood, Who you gonna call? (ghostbusters)’

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Sarah Waters is an author whose novels I love so much I have to ration them, so that I’m never without one in the wings. As it’d been several years since I’d read The… Continue reading

Book Stickers are bad, Pretend Book Stickers are worse but this Pretend Book Sticker is Genius.

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I know I’m not alone in detesting the trend of publishers and book shops in plastering unsuspecting novels with stickers. Do they really believe we’re that susceptible to the vouchsafing of quality from… Continue reading

#AW80Books: Enright vs O’Farrell – Who is the Queen of the Multiple Narrative Family Meltdown?

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  Anne Enright’s The Green Road was picked as last month’s book choice for my book group. As it also tied in nicely with both our Around the World in 80 Books Reading… Continue reading

Luminous Loneliness: Marilynne Robinson’s ‘Lila’

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After luxuriating in the exquisite prose of Marilynne Robinson’s Lila, I’m perplexed as to why I’m struggling to write about it. The novel, Robinson’s fourth, is the second one we’ve read in our… Continue reading

Anne Tyler: great writer, but don’t invite her to dinner.

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No-one nails domestic dysfunction like Anne Tyler. I love picking up one of her novels because I know exactly what I’m getting – relationships keenly observed with unsentimental honesty and with a luminous… Continue reading