Tag Archive: Andrew Michael Hurley

Jan 01

My Top 14 Books for 2015

This year I read 104 novel, 4 of which I didn’t finish.  My two favourite novels of the year – that is two books you should read immediately if you haven’t already, were: A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James (the book that won this year’s Man Booker Prize); and Europe in Autumn by Dave Hutchinson …

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Nov 18

And the shortlists for the Costa Book Award – Best Novel and Best First Novel – have been announced…

… and there’s at least one surprise.  Here are the nominees: Best Novel Kate Atkinson: A God in Ruins (Doubleday) Anne Enright: The Green Road (Jonathan Cape) Patrick Gale: A Place Called Winter (Tinder Press) Melissa Harrison: At Hawthorn Time (Bloomsbury) Kate Atkinson’s Life After Life was nominated for the Costa Book Award in 2013, so …

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Apr 04

And the winner of the James Herbert Prize is…

… The Troop by Nick Cutter. Most definitely not the book I would have chosen to take home the biscuits, but I’m not going to piss on Nick Cutter’s (or Craig Davidson’s) parade by having a crack at the judges for awarding him with the prize.  And to be fair, I accept that this novel has …

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Mar 16

Who should win the inaugural James Herbert Award?

Here is a chilling reminder of the finalists (and a link to my frightening reviews): M.R. Carey, The Girl with All the Gifts (Orbit) Nick Cutter, The Troop (Headline) Frances Hardinge, Cuckoo Song (Macmillan) Andrew Michael Hurley, The Loney (Tartarus Press) Josh Malerman, Bird Box (Harper Voyager) Kim Newman, An English Ghost Story (Titan Books) …

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Mar 12

The Loney by Andrew Michael Hurley

What’s It About Set mostly in 1976, congregants from Saint Jude’s Church in London are heading to the Loney, a small village on the Lancashire coast, for Easter pilgrimage.  Among them are two brothers, Smith and his mute brother Hanny.  What follows over the Easter period will change the lives of everyone on the pilgrimage …

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