Tag Archives: British authors

Ducks, Newburyport — Lucy Ellmann

For the last five years, I have succeeded in reading all shortlisted books for the prize before the winner was announced. In the past couple of years, I have managed to cram in the longlist as well. This year I … Continue reading

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Quichotte — Salman Rushdie

My first draft of this review began with the sentence: ‘Quichotte is a mess’. However, in looking around at other critiques, I came across an NPR review saying the exact same thing. Which feels validating, but I wouldn’t want to … Continue reading

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The Long Take — Robin Robertson

While I don’t think it will win, I am really glad that The Long Take made the shortlist. This year’s longlist contained two books using less conventional media: Sabrina was a mediocre graphic novel and The Long Take is largely … Continue reading

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Harvest — Jim Crace

Harvest is Jim Crace’s 11th novel and, like many of his other works, is an allegorical tale masquerading as historical fiction. Set in an unnamed English village over a seven day period during which the fields are enclosed, Harvest is … Continue reading

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Offshore — Penelope Fitzgerald

I read the majority of Offshore over a two-day period of supervising children hiking across the Kentish Weald in the middle of a heat wave. Although a mere 40 miles from Battersea where the events of the book are set, … Continue reading

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The Children’s Book — A. S. Byatt

When I wrote about Wolf Hall two weeks ago, I claimed that “possibly The Children’s Book which lost out to Wolf Hall in 2009 is a better-crafted work”. I stand by this opinion and, on further reflection, am not sure … Continue reading

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