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Bailey's Women's Prize for Fiction 2014


Costa Book of The Year 

The Shock of The Fall by Nathan Filer has been awarded the Costa Book of the Year Award.

Many congratulations for winning the award. I read this back in October 2012 and really enjoyed it.
Here is my review as posted on GoodReads way back then......

'Reading this brought to mind Grace Williams Says it Loud, as well as the more obvious Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime, partly due to the subject matter and partly due to the manner in which the story unfolds through the eyes of a central character who is dealing with mental illness. The Shock of the Fall covers the onset of mental illness and the experiences of the mental health system in the Uk with a frankness and grace that are touching to read. There are many issues within the story that are only partially explored as we can only see them in as far as they directly impact upon Matt and his delicate mental state. I can see why there was a bidding war surrounding this debut novel and have every expectation that it will do well once it is released next year. It convincingly manages to maintain a quirky and yet authentic voice throughout. I will be interested to see the illustrations and inserts that will accompany the completed work.'

Waterstones Book Club

January 2014

Waterstones have properly announced the first wave of the Book Club titles, there are some excellent ecclectic titles here.

Rubbernecker - Belinda Bauer
The Rosie Project - Graeme Simison
Big Brother - Lionel Shriver
Five Star Billionaire - Tash Aw
Mad Girl's Love Song - Andrew Wilson
The Fields - Kevin Maher
The Woman Upstairs - Claire Messud
The Flamethrowers - Rachel Kushner
The Engagements - J Courtney Sullivan
The Library of Unrequited Love - Sophie Divry
The Other Typist - Suzanne Rindell
Red Joan - Jennie Rooney
Check out my reviews here and on GoodReads to see my progress with these.

Costa Book Awards 2013

Category winners have been announced..... Some pretty good ones here...

Best Novel: Life After Life - Kate Atkinson
First Novel Award: The Shock of the Fall - Nathan Filer
Best Biography: The Pike - Lucy Hughes-Hallett
Best Poetry: Drysalter - Michael Symmons Roberts
Best Children's Book: Goth Girl and the Ghost of a Mouse - Chris Riddell
Well done to all the winners.

Guardian First Book Award 2013

The £10,000 award goes to The Spinning Heart by Donal Ryan
 Read the full article here.

William Hill Sports Book of 2013

This one is worth £25,000 and goes to Doped by Jamie Reid 
Read about this book here.

Waterstones Book of the Year 2013

The choice is Stoner by John L Williams
"Stoner, a quietly brilliant novel by the late American writer John L. Williams which emerged from its relative obscurity to become one of the surprise bestellers of 2013 and is now hailed as a modern classic of American fiction, is the Waterstones Book of the Year.

Waterstones Managing Director James Daunt said: "This year, most unusually, it was a nigh-on 50 year old book that ignited our booksellers' passion. It is incredible that Stoner had effectively disappeared and wonderful that a wave of recommendation and word of mouth has seen this exhilarating novel sweep all before it in 2013."

Elsewhere on the Web, there are some interesting reviews of the novel, an especially funny one can be found here, however thanks to the exposure given by Waterstones this year it has become a best seller so probably one we should all read.

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