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The Luminaries - Eleanor Catton

For some reason, in recent years I’ve enjoyed reading Booker Prize losers more than the winners so I had wavered for a long time over whether to read Eleanor Catton’s 2013 winning novel, The Luminaries. 463 more words


The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood (McClelland and Stewart, 2000)

This novel, winner of the Booker Prize in 2000, is quite simply, gorgeous. In elegant yet accessible prose, Atwood relates the compelling, intriguing and thought-provoking story of Iris and her younger sister Laura growing up isolated in small town, war-torn Canada in the early part of the 20th century. 258 more words

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Booker 2014: The History of Rain by Niall Williams

Goodness is a tidy bow you just can’t help wanting to pull loose.

‘The History of Rain’ is narrated by 19-year-old Ruth Swain, who we learn is confined to bed with an unidentified, but debilitating, blood disorder.

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Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel

Here’s another book that had been on the “to read” shelf in the back of my mind (and on my public library account) for a while. 439 more words

Alison Moore's The Lighthouse

- First published in the Nelson Mail’s blog section, 23/11/12

Here is an embarrassing confession: I first picked up Alison Moore’s Booker-prize-shortlisted novel The Lighthouse… 533 more words

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Reading in the Dark — Seamus Deane

Reading in the Dark is Seamus Deane’s first and only novel and reveals much about his background as a poet and academic: it is highly lyrical in tone and appears to be more a memoir than a work of fiction, although it is unclear how much is fictionalised. 682 more words

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