Posts under ‘Book Prizes’

It’s All In Your Head by Suzanne O’Sullivan

 Source: Library Shortlisted for 2016 Wellcome Book Prize Five words from the blurb: disease, psychosomatic, real, doctors, emotions Stress affects us all. We are aware that we might have a racing heart during an important meeting, but few of us know that it can cause our bodies to react in more extreme ways. Some people can […]

The Good Earth by Pearl Buck

  Source: Personal copy Winner of 1932 Pulitzer Prize Pearl Buck won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1938 Five words from the blurb: China, farmer, changes, wealth, family The Good Earth is set in pre-revolutionary China and shows how the fortune of farming families is dependent on the weather, good planning, and the whims […]

Who Will Be Longlisted for the 2015 Booker Prize?

The Booker longlist will be announced on Wednesday 29 July. For the last few months I’ve been studying the contenders. It’s a pretty average year for fiction and there are no obvious front-runners for the prize, so it will be interesting to see which titles are selected. My personal favourite is I Am Radar by Reif Larsen as […]

Colorless Tsukuru and His Years of Pilgrimage by Haruki Murakami

 Shortlisted for the 2015 Independent Foreign Fiction Prize Translated from the Japanese by Philip Gabriel Five words from the blurb: friends, school, death, connections, reason Tsukuru is 36, but as a teenager he was part of a group of five friends. One day they stopped talking to him and he felt abandoned. He hasn’t seen […]

Who Will Win the 2015 Wellcome Book Prize?

The Wellcome Prize celebrates the best new books that engage with some aspect of medicine, health or illness. Last year the prize was awarded to Far From the Tree by Andrew Solomon, one of the most impressive books I’ve ever read. This year I decided to try the entire shortlist and I’ve been rewarded with a […]

My Age of Anxiety by Scott Stossel

 Shortlisted for 2015 Wellcome Prize Five words from the blurb: fear, stress, mental, health, research Scott Stossel has spent his entire life battling crippling anxiety. In an effort to understand his condition he has compiled medical research and historical information about a wide range of sufferers; showing how generations of people have dealt with their […]