Tag Archive: Ali Smith

Jun 08

And the Winner of the Baileys Prize is…

… the magnificent How To Be Both by Ali Smith. Obviously I’m delighted by this choice, given how much I adored the Smith.  And it’s increasingly looking like that How To Be Both is going to go down as the most nominated and awarded novel of the 2014/15 literary season.* Now, to be fair, I’ve still …

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Apr 14

Nominees announced for the Baileys Women’s Prize For Fiction

Announced yesterday (or earlier this morning my time) were the six nominees for the Baileys Women’s Prize For Fiction.  You can check out the very schmick website here or, you know, lower your eyes and check out my faithful and mostly accurate reproduction of the list: Rachel Cusk – Outline Laline Paull – The Bees Kamila …

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Apr 10

Who Should Have Won This Year’s Folio Prize

Here is a reminder of the eight finalists of the Folio Prize, with a link to my reviews: 10:04 by Ben Lerner (Granta) All My Puny Sorrows by Miriam Toews (Faber) Dept. of Speculation by Jenny Offill (Granta) Dust by Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor (Granta) Family Life by Akhil Sharma (Faber) How to Be Both by …

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Feb 10

The Shortlist for the Folio Prize has been announced

And here it is: 10:04 by Ben Lerner (Granta) All My Puny Sorrows by Miriam Toews (Faber) Dept. of Speculation by Jenny Offill (Granta) Dust by Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor (Granta) Family Life by Akhil Sharma (Faber) How to Be Both by Ali Smith (Hamish Hamilton) – read, not reviewed… yet. Nora Webster by Colm Tóibín …

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Jan 09

And The Winners of the Costa Book Awards are…

How to Be Both by Ali Smith in the best novel category and Elizabeth is Missing by Emma Healey for best first novel.  The announcement (including winners of the other categories) is here. Absolutely endorse the best novel winner.  Just yesterday I ranked How To Be Both as one my favourite books of 2014 and I can’t …

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Jan 08

My Top 13 Books of 2014

I read 79 novels or author collections in 2014. Of those, 31 were written by woman and 48 were written by men.  49 of the novels were “core” genre in that they were recognisably written or published by someone involved in the SF/F scene.  The other 39 would be classified as literary novels.  I’m insane …

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Nov 26

So Who Should Have Won The Goldsmith Prize

As I announced in this post the winner of the Goldsmith Prize was Ali Smith for How To Be Both.  But did it deserve the 10,000 pounds? Before I answer this momentous question, here’s a refresher of the books that were nominated: Outline by Rachel Cusk (Faber & Faber) The Absent Therapist by Will Eaves (CB …

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Nov 19

And the Costa Book Award Finalists for 2014 have been announced

Apparently Costa makes fine coffee.  Also, apparently, they’re interested in promoting fine literature.  I can’t say much about their coffee because I don’t live in the UK, but I’m sure I’ll have a few things to say about the finalists of the First Novel and Novel awards.  Here are the shortlists for those two categories: …

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Nov 13

And the Winner of the Goldsmith Prize is…

… Ali Smith for How To Be Both. I haven’t read all the finalists of the Prize (though expect to see reviews in the coming weeks), but having finished all but two I can say I’m overjoyed with this result.  How To Be Both is inventive and playful both with its characters and the way it’s …

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Oct 01

So, who should win this year’s Man Booker?

I’ve now read all six books nominated for this year’s Man Booker prize and it’s a strong list of novels. This is the first time I’ve read through an entire Man Booker shortlist so I can’t say with any confidence whether the strength of the list is typical of what the judges regularly serve up …

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