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Angle of Repose by Wallace Stegner

Angle of Repose by Wallace StegnerAfter being introduced to the late Wallace Stegner’s work last year with his 1987 novel Crossing to Safety, I was immensely looking forward to delving into my next selection from his books – Angle of Repose. This is arguably Stegner’s most widely acclaimed novel, and it earned him the 1971 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. They are obviously two very different novels, but having enjoyed Crossing to Safety so much, could Angle of Repose possibly meet my high expectations?

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Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel

Hilary Mantel’s widely acclaimed Wolf Hall collected the prestigious Man Booker Prize in 2009, and was shortlisted for a number of other awards. It has taken me quite a while to get around to finding out what all the fuss was about, but it proved to be well worth the wait in the end, it really is a superb piece of work. It has received some degree of criticism for annoying elements in its writing style; so is it a flawed masterpiece or simply flawed?

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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.

Man Booker 2010 Shortlist Announced

Man Booker Judges 2010

Man Booker Judges 2010

Like many, I’ve been impatiently awaiting the announcement of this year’s Man Booker 2010 shortlist, and as promised, this morning 7th September, the judges have announced the worthy nominees.

The initial longlist of thirteen has now been whittled down to the following six authors and titles:

Peter Carey Parrot and Olivier in America (Faber and Faber)

Emma Donoghue Room (Pan MacMillan – Picador)

Damon Galgut In a Strange Room (Grove Atlantic – Atlantic Books)

Howard Jacobson The Finkler Question (Bloomsbury)

Andrea Levy The Long Song
(Headline Publishing Group – Headline Review)

Tom McCarthy C (Random House – Jonathan Cape)

The final winner will receive a prize of £50,000 and worldwide recognition. The 2009 winner, Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel, has now sold over half a million copies in the UK alone. The six shortlisted authors, including the winner, each receive £2,500 and a designer bound edition of their shortlisted book.

From a purely selfish perspective, it’s great to see one of my favourite authors Peter Carey in the mix again. I’m looking forward to reading Parrot and Olivier, but will probably await the paperback’s release.

What do you think of the selections? Have any titles been axed that you would have liked to see in the shortlist?