Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Orange prize shortlist 2012

The Orange Prize shortlist for fiction came out yesterday. Here is the shortlist:
Esi EdugyanHalf Blood BluesSerpent’s TailCanadian2nd Novel
Anne EnrightThe ForgottenWaltz Jonathan CapeIrish5th Novel
Georgina HardingPainter of SilenceBloomsburyBritish3rd Novel
Madeline MillerThe Song of AchillesBloomsburyAmerican1st Novel
Cynthia OzickForeign BodiesAtlantic BooksAmerican7th Novel
Ann PatchettState of WonderBloomsburyAmerican6th Novel

Sunday, April 15, 2012

impac award shortlist 2012

The short listed titles, announced by The Lord Mayor of Dublin, Andrew Montague, Patron of the Award, in Dublin today are:

1. Rocks in the Belly by Jon Bauer (British / Australian). Scribe Publications (First Novel)
2. The Matter with Morris by David Bergen (Canadian). Harper Collins, Canadva
3. A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan (American) Alfred A. Knopf
4. The Memory of Love by Aminatta Forna (Born in Britain, raised in Sierra Leone) Bloomsbury Publishing
5. Even the Dogs by Jon McGregor (British) Bloomsbury
6. Matterhorn by Karl Marlantes (American) Atlantic Monthly Press (First novel)
7. Landed by Tim Pears (British) William Heinemann
8. Limassol by Yishai Sarid (Israeli) translated from Hebrew by Barbara Harshav Europa Editions
9. The Eternal Son by Cristov√£o Tezza, (Brazilian) translated from Portuguese by Alison Entrekin, Scribe Publications
10. Lean on Pete by Willy Vlautin (American) Faber & Faber

Eileen Battersby had a great article about the shortlist last Thursday here is the link

Saturday, April 7, 2012

The Cove by Ron Rash

Eileen Battersby has a very positive review of The Cove in today's Irish Times: have a look. It reminded us in VB of this great novel set in the south about Laurel and Hank an outcasted family running a farm in hills during World War 1. We agree with Eileen Battersby that The Cove is "a southern tragedy thats right on the money"