Tag Archive: Tom McCarthy

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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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 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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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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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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