Tag Archive: Paul Beatty

Jan 03

My Top 10 Books (well 11, actually) for 2016

My blog might be 20 or so reviews behind my Facebook page but I thought I at least report on what were my favourite ten books for 2016 (with an eleventh just for luck and because it’s brilliant). But before I list my favourites for the year here are some stats.  Overall I read 117 …

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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 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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Dec 04

The New York Times Book Review’s Best Books of 2015

This is the one list I read that isn’t attached to an award but instead is a selection of the best books of 2015 as chosen by the editors of the New York Times Book Review section.  The full list is here but I’ll be only focussing on the 5 fiction novels.  And here they …

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