Posts Tagged ‘Long list’

Love and Summer – William Trevor

 Long Listed for the Booker Prize 2009 Love and Summer begins with a funeral. A mysterious stranger arrives and starts to photograph the mourners. A few of the guests spot him and are wary, especially because the deceased is said to own half the town. The plot builds slowly, through the observations of several members of […]

The Booker long list 2009 has been announced…..

The long list this year is…. The Children’s Book by AS Byatt   Summertime by JM Coetzee The Quickening Maze by Adam Foulds How to Paint a Dead Man by Sarah Hall The Wilderness by Samantha Harvey  Me Cheeta: The Autobiography by James Lever Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel The Glass Room by Simon Mawer Not Untrue […]

Wolf Hall – Hilary Mantel

  I have seen several people tip this book for the Booker prize this year, and so decided to give it a try. Unfortunately this book was even more disappointing than The Children’s Book, which I think will win this year’s prize despite the fact it wasn’t for me. Wolf Hall is set in Tudor […]

The Children’s Book – A. S. Byatt

I had a love-hate relationship with this book and have to admit that there were several points, especially in the middle, where I nearly gave up on it. The Children’s Book is set in England in the last few years of the 19th Century and ends in during the first world war. The book follows a vast […]

The Wilderness – Samantha Harvey

Short listed for the Orange Prize 2009 The Wilderness is written through the eyes of someone with Alzheimer’s disease. I shouldn’t like this book, as on the surface the plot is identical to Gilead – old man looking back at his life in snippets, revealing the wisdom he has learnt, but this book is in a league […]

The Little Stranger – Sarah Waters

The Fingersmith is my second favourite book of all time (after A Fine Balance), and so I was so excited about the release of Sarah Water’s new book that I ordered a copy from America, just so I could read it a few weeks before it’s UK release. The Little Stranger is a Gothic, ghost story set in […]