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November, 2010:

2010 Costa Book Awards Shortlists

Costa Book AwardsThe shortlists for the 2010 Costa Book Awards have just been announced. Really pleased to see that Skippy Dies made it onto the shortlist particularly after not making the cut on this year’s Man Booker Prize.

I’ve yet to read any of the others in the two main categories of interest to Novel Suggestions – Costa First Novel Award and Costa Novel Award – but I’ve listed them below for you to investigate further.

The Costa Awards do seem to turn up some great books, and I’m particularly interested in some of the Indian authors in the first novel category.

Amazon.com Link Amazon.co.uk Link
Costa First Novel Award
Kishwar Desai Witness the Night Witness the Night
Nikesh Shukla Coconut Unlimited Coconut Unlimited
Aatish Taseer The Temple-Goers The Temple-Goers
Simon Thirsk Not Quite White Not Quite White
Costa Novel Award
Louise Doughty Whatever You Love Whatever You Love
Nigel Farndale The Blasphemer The Blasphemer
Maggie O’Farrell The Hand That First Held Mine The Hand That First Held Mine
Paul Murray Skippy Dies Skippy Dies

If you have already read any of the above titles I’d love to hear your opinion, so please leave a comment below to let us know how you got on with them.

The Sopranos by Alan Warner

The Sopranos by Alan WarnerAlan Warner’s latest novel The Stars in the Bright Sky was one of the titles that caught my eye on the 2010 Man Booker Prize long list, but before reading it I wanted to read The Sopranos so as to get the most out of it. I suppose it isn’t essential to read them in order as The Stars in the Bright Sky does stand up on its own, but in the end I’m glad I didn’t skip the earlier book as it does make for fabulously funny reading.

Read on for a full review…. (more…)