Tag Archive: National Book Critics Circle Award

Mar 23

And the Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award For Best Novel is…

… The Sellout by Paul Beatty. I’m late on this one because Beatty (and the other winners) were announced nearly a week ago.  I blame the Internet for not telling me sooner. While my favourite novel was Anthony Marra’s The Tsar of Love and Techno this was a very strong crop of nominees and I’m more than …

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Feb 19

Week 7: The Gaping Hole in an otherwise fine list of nominees, Empowerment and Marilyn’s Teeth

Books Read Eileen by Ottessa Moshfegh The Story of My Teeth by Valeria Luiselli All The Birds In The Sky by Charlie Jane Anders Currently Reading Afrosf: Science Fiction by African Writers edited by Ivor W. Hartmann (1) The Aurealis Award nominees were announced this week – a full list of the nominees can be found here.  A …

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Feb 12

Week 6: A Decision, Racism and more swears than usual

Books Read The Sellout by Paul Beatty The House of Small Shadows by Adam Nevill Currently Reading Eileen by Ottessa Moshfegh (1) The announcement of the BSFA nominees this week (see this post) sparked off another change in how I approach award shortlists. I was intending on reading Justina Robson’s Glorious Angels, but after noting a lukewarm review …

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Feb 05

Week 5: A New Podcast, Flying Saucers and Russian Mix Tapes

Books Read After the Saucers Landed by Douglas Lain The Tsar of Love and Techno by Anthony Marra Currently Reading The Sellout by Paul Beatty (1) Last weekend (31 January) Jonathan Strahan, James Bradley and I got together to discuss Adam Roberts’ superb novel The Thing Itself on the newly launched Coode Street Roundtable. The reason …

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Mar 14

And the Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award is…

… Marilynne Robinson for Lila. Back in late February I predicted this might be the case saying, However, if I had to pick who was going to win the NBCC, my money would be on Marilynne Robinson’s Lila.  It’s not a book that I particularly liked, but it continues to generate much praise and love.  I’m …

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Feb 21

Who Should Win the National Book Critics Circle Award?

These were the novels nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award.   Click on the links to read my entertaining but always insightful reviews. Rabih Alameddine, An Unnecessary Woman (Grove Press) Marlon James, A Brief History of Seven Killings (Riverhead Books) Lily King, Euphoria (Atlantic Monthly Press) Chang-rae Lee, On Such a Full Sea (Riverhead …

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Feb 18

Book Review: Euphoria by Lily King

What’s It About Set for the most part in 1930s New Guinea, American anthropologist Nell Stone and her Australian husband Fen meet Andrew Bankson, an English anthropologist, who introduces them to the Tam, an artistic, spiritual and female dominated tribe.  As the three anthropologists become absorbed in their investigation of the Tam, their relationship grows increasingly complicated, …

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Feb 09

Book Review: On Such A Full Sea by Chang-Rae Lee

What’s It About Set on a dystopian Earth where class is strictly defined, a girl – Fan – leaves the relative safety of her home to look for her boyfriend who has mysteriously disappeared.  Fan’s search exposes her to the poverty that exists beyond her walled city of B-Mor (once known as Baltimore) to the …

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Feb 06

Book Review: A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James

What’s It About In December 1976 Bob Marley returned to Jamaica to perform at the “Smile Jamaica” free concert.  The event was aimed at easing tension between the two major political parties.  Two days before the concert gunmen attacked Marley, his manager and his wife in the singer’s home.  They all received gun wounds but survived. …

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Jan 21

The National Book Critics Circle Finalists Have Been Announced

The National Book Critics Circle have announced this year finalists ranging from criticism, to poetry, to biography to fiction.  I’m only interested in the fiction category so here are the five nominees. Rabih Alameddine, An Unnecessary Woman (Grove Press) Marlon James, A Brief History of Seven Killings (Riverhead Books) Lily King, Euphoria (Atlantic Monthly Press) Chang-rae …

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