Tag Archive: Simon Wroe

Apr 03

The Desmond Elliott longlist has been announced

For those of you not aware, since 2007 the Desmond Elliott prize has been awarded annually to the best first novel written in English and published in the UK.  As with some of the more prestigious literary awards, a longlist is first announced which is then whittled down to three finalists.  This years longlist is …

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Dec 21

Book Review: Chop Chop by Simon Wroe

What’s It About? Monocle (not his real name) is an out of work wannabe writer slumming it in London.  Unable to afford rent, food or a decent novel, he decides to take-on menial work at a gastro-pub called The Swan.  It’s a decision that turns out to be both the best and worst of his …

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Nov 19

And the Costa Book Award Finalists for 2014 have been announced

Apparently Costa makes fine coffee.  Also, apparently, they’re interested in promoting fine literature.  I can’t say much about their coffee because I don’t live in the UK, but I’m sure I’ll have a few things to say about the finalists of the First Novel and Novel awards.  Here are the shortlists for those two categories: …

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