The ‘Lost’ Man Booker shortlist was announced yesterday and, if you’re interested, you can vote for the winner here.
The six titles are:
The Birds on the Trees by Nina Bawden (Virago)
Troubles by JG Farrell (Phoenix)
The Bay of Noon by Shirley Hazzard (Virago)
Fire from Heaven by Mary Renault (Arrow)
The Driver’s Seat by Muriel Spark (Penguin)
The Vivisector by Patrick White (Vintage)
I’ve only read one of the six volumes, Shirley Hazzard’s The Bay of Noon. Here’s my review from several years ago.
Related to the shortlist, here’s the link to Alison Flood’s article in The Guardian.
The Orwell Book Prize longlist was announced on Wednesday.
On the Poetry Foundation’s blog, Harriet, Sina Queyras finds out about the lives of some ‘non-academic’ poets.
Visit Joanne Limburg’s new website and read about her memoir, The Woman Who Thought Too Much (Atlantic Books, 2010). Joanne is a very clever and perceptive writer, and I’m looking forward to learning more about Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder through her book.
She’s the author of two poetry collections, Femenismo (Bloodaxe, 2000) and Paraphernalia (Bloodaxe, 2007). You can read a couple of poems from each collection, as well as some new poems, on her site.
Read an interview on Zoë Brigley Thompson’s blog, The Midnight Heart, where she explains why she and Sorcha Gunne are committed to working on rape narratives. Their academic volume, Feminism, Literature and Rape Narratives: Violence and Violation (Routledge), was published in December 2009. Zoë is also the author of The Secret (Bloodaxe, 2007). Visit her website here.
And, in case you didn’t know, the annual prize for the oddest book title has been won by Crocheting Adventures with Hyperbolic Planes.