Tag: commonwealth writers’ prize

True History of the Kelly Gang

Added on January 15, 2015

True History of the Kelly Gang Peter Carey University of Queensland Press, Australia, 2000 True History of the Kelly Gang, despite its title, is a fictionalized account of the life of infamous Australian outlaw, Ned Kelly. It won the Booker Prize, making Carey one of only two writers to win the prize twice. It also [...]

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the curious incident of the dog in the night-time

Added on October 14, 2012

the curious incident of the dog in the night-time Mark Haddon Doubleday, Canada, 2002 This is the Canadian first edition of Haddon’s wildly successful debut novel. The year of publication listed on the copyright page is 2002, a year before it came out in Haddon’s native England. That makes this the true first edition, although [...]

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Good to a Fault

Added on December 14, 2011

Good to a Fault Marina Endicott Broadview Press, Canada, 2008 In her Giller Prize remarks about Good to a Fault, Margaret Atwood said, “There’s heartbreak, there’s joy, there are parts where you cry—and it’s very high quality writing. Well done!” This unique and brilliant novel was longlisted for the IMPAC Award, shortlisted for the Giller [...]

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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Added on May 27, 2011

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time Mark Haddon Jonathan Cape, U.K. 2003 Mark Haddon’s wonderfully original story about a teenage, high-functioning autistic detective won the Whitbread Novel of the Year Award and the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best First Novel.It also won a South African literary prize and was shortlisted for others. [...]

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Small Island

Added on October 24, 2010

Small Island Andrea Levy Headline Book Publishing, London, 2004 Small Island is the story of Jamaican immigrants in post WWII England; immigrants who fought for England in the war and had inflated expectations about their reception in the mother country. Rather than a warm embrace, they dealt with near constant racism, both overt and covert. [...]

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Mister Pip

Added on July 17, 2010

Mister Pip Lloyd Jones Penguin, New Zealand, 2006 At the height of civil war on the small copper mining island of Bougainville, the last remaining white teacher reads Great Expectations to the indigenous children. Mister Pip is, of course, named after the main character from the Charles Dickens classic. This sixth printing is, in reality, the first hardcover [...]

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Fall On Your Knees

Added on June 12, 2010

Fall On Your Knees Anne-Marie MacDonald Alfred A. Knopf, Canada, 1996 Anne-Marie MacDonald won the Commonwealth Prize for this wonderful Canadian novel. It also became an Oprah’s Pick in 2002. Also a playwright, journalist and actor, MacDonald is a well-known and multi-faceted artist here in Canada. She won three major prizes for her play Good [...]

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