Archive for January, 2013

The Swimming Pool Library

Added on January 23, 2013

The Swimming Pool Library Alan Hollinghurst Chatto and Windus, London, 1988 This novel, with its many references to the early twentieth century gay English writer Ronald Firbank, won the 1989 Somerset Maugham Award and was nominated for the Booker Prize. Edmund White called it ‘…surely the best book about gay life yet written by an [...]

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It’s Fine by Me

Added on January 16, 2013

It’s Fine by Me Per Petterson Harvill Secker, London, 2011 Here is another engaging work of fiction by Norwegian novelist, translator and bookseller, Per Petterson. This is a unique and heartfelt take on the coming of age story. It is, of course, written in Petterson’s tender and understated style — so much so that its [...]

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Out Stealing Horses

Added on January 8, 2013

Out Stealing Horses Per Petterson Graywolf Press, U.S.A. 2007 Out Stealing Horses won two major Norwegian Prizes before Anne Born’s English translation won the 2006 Independent Foreign Fiction Prize and the 2007 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. It was named by the New York Times as one of the top ten books of 2007. Although [...]

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The Frost Fairs

Added on January 2, 2013

The Frost Fairs John McCullough Salt Publishing, Cromer, England, 2010 The Frost Fairs, a remarkably diverse collection from the Salt Modern Poets collection, won the 2012 Polari Prize. Taken from the Polari Prize website: “The Polari Prize is awarded to a first book which explores the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender experience and is open [...]

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