Tag Archive: Hanya Yanagihara

Jan 04

Serious Sweet by A.L. Kennedy

Jon is a public servant in Westminster who hates his job. He’s just left his wife – who was having an affair – and struggles to be a decent father to his daughter. In his spare time he writes love letters (for a small fee) to single women looking for companionship, even if it’s in …

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Apr 17

Week 15: Lots of Nominees, Exposition Sucks and Great World Building but Shame about the Story…

Books Read Barsk: The Elephant’s Graveyard by Lawrence M. Schoen Updraft by Fran Wilde Currently Reading  The Heart Goes Last by Margaret Atwood (1) The nominees for two major awards were announced this week.  The first was the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction: Cynthia Bond: Ruby Anne Enright: The Green Road Lisa McInerney: The Glorious Heresies …

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Jan 14

An Analysis of 2015’s Literary and Genre Awards: Part 2 – Gender and Diversity

In the case of Gender and Diversity I’m going to report the facts while avoiding commentary, opinion or analysis. I know this isn’t particularly brave on my part, but I’m not willing to draw conclusions based on one year’s worth of award data.  That’s not to say some clear conclusions can’t be drawn. The stats, …

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Nov 25

Who Should Have Won This Year’s National Book Award

As a reminder here is a list of the nominees with a helpful link to my reviews: Karen E. Bender, “Refund” Angela Flournoy, “The Turner House” Lauren Groff, “Fates and Furies” Adam Johnson, “Fortune Smiles” Hanya Yanagihara, “A Little Life” If you’ve read my reviews you’ll know that my favorite book on this ballot was …

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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 15

The Nominees for the National Book Award for fiction have been announced…

… and they are as follows: Karen E. Bender, “Refund” Angela Flournoy, “The Turner House” Lauren Groff, “Fates and Furies” Adam Johnson, “Fortune Smiles” Hanya Yanagihara, “A Little Life” No surprise at all to see A Little Life appear as a finalist.  It’s a novel that I’m sure I’ll be seeing allot more of next year and …

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Oct 14

And the Winner of the Man Booker Prize is…

… Marlon James fantastic novel A Brief History of Seven Killings which I reviewed earlier in the year. As I said a month back when the finalists were announced, it was going to take something special to knock Marlon James off the high pedestal I’d put the book on.  And while Tom McCarthy’s Satin Island (review forthcoming) …

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Sep 27

Book Review: A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara

Bottom Line I’m conflicted when it comes to A Little Life.  On the negative side it’s too long, it’s depiction of sexual abuse is over the top and there are moments when the characters feel more like punching bags then real people.  However, it’s a novel that I won’t forget in a hurry.  Yanagihara’s exploration of …

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Sep 15

And here we go again – The Man Booker Prize 2015 shortlist…

About 90 minutes ago the judges of this year’s Man Booker award announced the 2015 shortlist.  Below are the finalists:   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) …

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Jul 23

So Who Should Have Won This Year’s Golden Tentacle Award?

Here is a much needed reminder of the nominees with links to my wordy and yet delightful reviews: Viper Wine, by Hermione Eyre (Jonathan Cape). The Girl in the Road, by Monica Byrne (Blackfriars) Memory of Water, by Emmi Itäranta (HarperCollins) The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet, by Becky Chambers (Self-Published) The People …

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