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Archives for July 2008

Man Booker Prize 2008 – Longlist Announced

The longlist for the Man Booker Prize 2008 has been announced. The White Tiger, Aravind Adiga (Atlantic) Girl In A Blue Dress, Gaynor Arnold (Tindal Street) The Secret Scripture, Sebastian Barry (Faber & Faber) From A To X, John Berger… continue reading »

Helen Garner: The Spare Room

Helen Garner is a new name to me, having recently discovered a number of her books were available in the Penguin Modern Classics range, albeit only in her native Australia. Reading around, it seems her work deals autobiographically with elements… continue reading »

Junot Díaz: The Brief Wondrous Life Of Oscar Wao

For the rest of the world, who had been waiting over ten years for Díaz’s first novel, following on from his short story collection, Drown, I hope the wait was worth it. For me, having never heard of Díaz until… continue reading »

Ali Smith: Girl Meets Boy

When the first books from the Canongate Myths series were launched, I wasn’t too enamoured with the choices of Jeanette Winterson and Margaret Atwood, two authors that I’d read in some capacity and never truly enjoyed. Perhaps in expecting to… continue reading »

Yoko Ogawa: The Diving Pool

According to the inside flap Yoko Agawa has written more than twenty books and won every major Japanese literary award. Where else is there for her to go? Either it’s scooping every minor Japanese literary award – probably not worth… continue reading »

Belinda Webb: A Clockwork Apple

There’s an old idiom that states you can’t compare apples to oranges but in the case of Belinda Webb’s A Clockwork Apple (2008) you can’t help compare it to Anthony Burgess’ A Clockwork Orange, purely because it follows the source… continue reading »

Rowan Somerville: The End Of Sleep

The mere mention of Cairo conjures up a collage of images to me – of an aged city caught in the shadow of the Pyramids; of a twisted network of alleyways surrounded by a desert expanse; of bazaars, camels, and… continue reading »

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