2016 Bram Stoker Award for Best Novel

The Bram Stoker Awards are awarded every year by the Horror Writers Association to writers of horror and dark fantasy.  This year the award for Best Novel went to John Langan. The Fisherman by John Langan "In upstate New York, in the woods around Woodstock, Dutchman’s Creek flows out of the Ashokan Reservoir. Steep-banked, fast-moving,... Continue Reading →

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2017 Edgar Award Winners

The Mystery Writers of America have selected the best in the mystery fiction and non fiction genre with the announcement of the 2017 Edgar Award winners. Best Novel - Before the Fall by Noah Hawley "On a foggy summer night, eleven people--ten privileged, one down-on-his-luck painter--depart Martha's Vineyard headed for New York. Sixteen minutes later,... Continue Reading →

2017 Man Booker International Shortlist

The six book shortlist for the 2017 Man Booker International Prize has been released.  Chair of the 2017 Man Booker International Prize judging panel, Nick Barley, said: ‘Our shortlist spans the epic and the everyday. From fevered dreams to sleepless nights, from remote islands to overwhelming cities, these wonderful novels shine a light on compelling... Continue Reading →

Review: The Element by Ken Robinson

The Element is a popular personal development book about finding your element; the intersection of your natural talent and your personal passions.  This book is often included on lists about creativity and while it features the stories of many creative people, it is not actually about creativity. "The element is the point at which natural... Continue Reading →

Review: The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey

Ivey's first novel, The Snow Child, was a 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction Nominee.   This lovely story is set in 1920s Alaska and I was initially drawn to it because it had been categorised as magical realism which is one of my favourite genres. This is a well written story about life; its obstacles and... Continue Reading →

2017 Pulitzer Prize Winners

Here is a selection of the 2017 Pulitzer Prize winners in the Letters category.  For other category winners, like Journalism and Photography, head to the Pulitzers. The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead (Fiction) "Cora is a slave on a cotton plantation in Georgia. Life is hellish for all the slaves but especially bad for Cora;... Continue Reading →

2017 Baileys Women’s Prize Shortlist

Six novels have been shortlisted for this year's Baileys Women's Prize.  The 2017 Chair of Judges, Tess Ross commented: “It has been a great privilege to Chair the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction in a year which has proved exceptional for writing of both quality and originality.  It was therefore quite a challenge to whittle... Continue Reading →

2016 NBCC Award Winner

Louise Erdrich has won the 2016 NBCC award for her novel La Rose.  Erdrich has won the award once before in 1984 for her highly acclaimed novel Love Medicine. La Rose by Louise Erdrich "Louise Erdrich starts her latest novel LaRose with an incident other, less assured novelists might work up to with some throat... Continue Reading →

Review: Writing Well by Mark Tredinnick

I first read Writing Well by Mark Tredinnick a few years back.  It has held pride of place on my writing book shelf because it is one of the most helpful and beautifully written books on writing I've read so far. "Writing Well is a guide to expressive creative writing and effective professional prose. The... Continue Reading →

Review: Neuromancer by William Gibson

Neuromancer by William Gibson is a 1984 cyberpunk novel.  It was the first winner of the science fiction 'triple crown' when it was awarded the Nebula Award, Philip K. Dick Award, and Hugo Award in the same year.  I came to know about this novel through the All TIME 100 Novels list. "There is no... Continue Reading →

2016 Etisalat Prize Shortlist

The 2016 Etisalat Prize for Literature Shortlist is out and brings us 3 novels from the African continent.  This year two Nigerians and one South African are vying for the prize. The Seed Thief by Jacqui L'Ange "Sometimes the thing you find is not the one you were looking for. When botanist Maddy Bellani is... Continue Reading →

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