Tag: novel

He Wants

Added on September 3, 2014

He Wants Alison Moore Salt Publishing, Norfolk, UK, 2014 He Wants is Alison Moore’s second novel, following her brilliant Booker shortlisted The Lighthouse. The Lighthouse is certainly a hard act to follow, but Moore’s He Wants is another remarkable achievement. In keeping with the title, each of the chapter headings signify something the characters either [...]

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The Lighthouse

Added on August 16, 2014

The Lighthouse Alison Moore Salt Publishing, Cromer, U.K. 2012 The Lighthouse by Alison Moore is one of my favourite novels of 2012. It was shortlisted for the Booker Prize and for the National Book Award for New Writer of the Year. It won the 2013 McKitterick Prize. Here are a couple of great reviews with [...]

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Added on August 4, 2014

Suspension Robert Westfield Harper Perennial, U.S.A. 2006 This excellent gay first novel is set in New York City around the 9/11 attacks, and won the 2006 Lambda Literary Prize for both debut fiction and general fiction. I bought two of these brand new, signed, true first editions at an independent book store while visiting New [...]

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The Blind Assassin

Added on July 13, 2014

The Blind Assasin Margaret Atwood McClelland and Stewart, Canada, 2000 The Blind Assassin won the 2000 Booker Prize. It was nominated for the Governor General’s Award, the Orange Prize and the IMPAC Award. It was Time magazine’s best book of 2000 and they added it to their list of the 100 Greatest English language novels [...]

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Dark as the Grave Wherein My Friend is Laid

Added on July 5, 2014

Dark as the Grave Wherein My Friend is Laid Malcolm Lowry New American Library, New York, 1968 This is the true first edition of this posthumously published novel. Jonathan Cape of London published it one year later, in 1969. In December of 1945 Malcolm Lowry and his wife Margerie flew from Vancouver to Mexico City. [...]

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Who Has Seen The Wind – Illustrated

Added on June 2, 2014

Who Has Seen The Wind W.O. Mitchell MacMillan, Canada, 1976 W.O. Mitchell’s 1947 Canadian classic novel about a boy growing up on the Saskatchewan prairie was re-issued in 1976 in this large format illustrated edition. The illustrations were done by award winning Alberta artist William Kurelek. This signed copy is the first printing of this [...]

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The Childhood of Jesus

Added on May 31, 2014

The Childhood of Jesus J.M. Coetzee Text Publishing, Australia, 2013 This powerful dystopian novel moves away from Coetzee’s recent semi-aubiographical writing, reminding me of earlier works like The Age of Iron or In the Heart of the Country. Reviewers loved The Childhood of Jesus, which garnered starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and Booklist. In his [...]

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Bad News

Added on May 15, 2014

Bad News Edward St. Aubyn Heinemann, U.K. 1992 This second novella by St. Aubyn is a sequel to his earlier novella, Never Mind, and together with Some Hope, published two years later, would make up the trilogy called the Patrick Melrose Trilogy. In 2003, the trilogy would be renamed Some Hope for the U.S. market, [...]

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2666 — ARC

Added on April 29, 2014

2666 — ARC Roberto Bolano Farrar, Strauss and Giroux, New York, 2008 Any of you who are regular readers of my posts know that I have a slight (okay, maybe more than slight), obsession with the works of Roberto Bolano. They’ll also know that Bolano died tragically young after a long illness, and they might [...]

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The General in His Labyrinth

Added on April 17, 2014

The General in His Labyrinth Gabriel Garcia Marquez Alfred A. Knopf, New York, 1990 The General in His Labyrinth is a fictionalized historical account of Colombian General Simon Bolivar in the last few days of his life. It created quite a stir in Latin America when it was first published. Marquez’ Bolivar is not the [...]

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