Tag Archive: Goldsmith Prize

Nov 16

So Who Should Have Won The Goldsmith Prize

For those of you who have forgotten (which includes me) here are the nominees and links to my thoughtful, though confusing, reviews. Beatlebone by Kevin Barry (Canongate) Acts of Assassins by Richard Beard (Harvill Secker) Satin Island by Tom McCarthy (Cape) The Field of the Cloth of Gold by Magnus Mills (Bloomsbury) Grief is the Thing …

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Nov 14

Book Review: Beatlebone by Kevin Barry

Bottom Line: An experimental, heartfelt, passionate novel about that time when John Lennon went to visit his island just to get away from it all. Representative Paragraph: John Lennon deconstructs himself JOHN: Do you really want to know what I am? Do you? Well I’ll tell you exactly what I fucking am. I’m fucking anxiety. …

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Oct 29

Book Review: Grief is the Thing with Feathers by Max Porter

Bottom Line An experimental and extraordinary novel about loss, mourning and the stages of grief.  Read it. Representative Paragraph It’s a book that requires more than one representative quote: The doorbell rang and I braced myself for more kindness. Another lasagne, some books, a cuddle, some little potted ready-meals for the boys. Of course, I …

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Oct 28

Book Review: The Field of the Cloth of Gold by Magnus Mills

Bottom Line A thoughtful novel, written like a fable, that takes its inspiration from the settlement and invasion of the British Isles. While the book succeeds in exploring thorny issues such as immigration and religion without passing judgement, it also never feels like anything important is at stake. Representative Paragraph The Romans are coming… with …

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Oct 23

Book Review: Acts of the Assassins by Richard Beard

Bottom Line An intelligent novel with a wonderful central conceit which looks at the intersection of faith and rationality while also exploring the idea of religion as a political movement that aims to upset the status quo. Representative Paragraph It’s a bit spoilerific, but I love this bit.. The street-views on tape are cut from …

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Oct 20

Book Review: Lurid & Cute by Adam Thirlwell

Bottom Line  A tiresome novel that feels like it was published in the 90s with its neurotic middle class white guy (unemployed) looking for meaning in his life while he obsesses over his wife and lover.  Avoid. Representative Paragraph Middle class guilt… Like only recently I had been in a burger place at whose counter …

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Oct 19

So who should have won this year’s Man Booker Prize?

As reminder below are the nominees and links to my reviews. Marlon James, A Brief History of Seven Killings (Oneworld Publications) Tom McCarthy, Satin Island (Jonathan Cape) Chigozie Obioma, The Fishermen (ONE, Pushkin Press) Sunjeev Sahota, The Year of the Runaways (Picador) Anne Tyler, A Spool of Blue Thread (Chatto & Windus) Hanya Yanagihara, A Little Life (Picador) As you’d be aware, Marlon …

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Oct 18

Book Review: Satin Island by Tom McCarthy

Bottom Line Bereft of a plot or a defined character arc some will think that Satin Island is pretentious and pointless, but I loved it to bits. Representative Paragraph Video Buffering as a metaphor for life… We require experience to stay ahead, if only by a nose, of our consciousness of experience—if for no other reason …

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Oct 01

The Nominees for the Goldsmiths Prize 2015 have been announced…

… and here they are: Beatlebone by Kevin Barry (Canongate) Acts of Assassins by Richard Beard (Harvill Secker) Satin Island by Tom McCarthy (Cape) The Field of the Cloth of Gold by Magnus Mills (Bloomsbury) Grief is the Thing with Feathers by Max Porter Lurid & Cute by Adam Thirlwell (Cape) The Goldsmith Prize was established …

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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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