Posts under ‘Commonwealth Writer’s Prize’

Beneath the Darkening Sky by Majok Tulba

Shortlisted for 2013 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize Five words from the blurb: child, soldiers, Africa, plight, resonates Beneath the Darkening Sky is a very important book. It highlights the plight of African child soldiers; explaining how they end up carrying guns and murdering people at such a young age. It is narrated by Obinna, a nine-year-old […]

The Book of Answers by C. Y. Gopinath

 Shortlisted for 2012 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize Five words from the blurb: India, satire, world, problems, society The Book of Answers is a clever satire of society. It shows how willing people are to look for the easy answer to their problems and how politicians can be made to believe anything if it helps their career. […]

Pao by Kerry Young

Shortlisted for 2012 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize Shortlisted for 2011 Costa Prize for Fiction Five words from the blurb: Jamaica, Chinatown, business, political, transforming Pao is only fourteen-year-old when he arrives in Jamaica in 1938; fleeing the violence of the Chinese revolution. He finds a home with his mother and brother in Chinatown and they try […]

The 2012 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize Shortlist

Yesterday the 2012 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize shortlist was announced. The prize is Awarded for best first book and is open to writers from the Commonwealth who have had their first novel (full length work of fiction) published between 1 January and 31 December 2011. The shortlisted books are: Asia Rebirth by Jahnavi Barua (India) The Wandering Falcon […]

Serious Men – Manu Joseph

  Shortlisted for 2011 Commonwealth Prize South Asia & Europe Best First BookShortlisted for 2010 the Man Asian Literary PrizeWinner of 2010 Hindu Best Fiction Award Five words from the blurb: Mumbai, slums, son, genius, comic Serious Men had a controversial reception in India because it depicts a Dalit (someone of a lower caste) as being a victim […]

2011 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize Shortlists Announced

I love the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize and so was excited to see the 2011 shortlists revealed earlier this week. The frustrating thing is that most of the books are not available in the UK yet, but hopefully this will change now that they’ve made the shortlist for this book award. The 2011 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize shortlists […]