Walter Scott Prize shortlist: Hannah Kent’s ‘The Good People’

  So much for leaving Hannah Kent's book for last, as I'd planned. Picking it up for a short peruse, I found it such an easy read I finished in a couple protracted reading sessions. The Good People is set in County Kerry, Ireland in 1825. Beginning with the sudden, unexpected death of Martin Leahy …

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Walter Scott Prize Shortlist: Rose Tremain’s ‘The Gustav Sonata’

  I've been trotting around Scotland over the past few days, traveling to the Isle of Arran and riding through the western coast of the mainland. Though I took along a book, I didn't have much time for reading. There's just been too much to see, like this:   And this:     Also, lots …

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Walter Scott Prize Shortlist: Sebastian Barry’s ‘Days Without End’

My distraction throughout the reading of Barry's book is no reflection on it, nor its quality. The same happened when I read Graham Swift's Walter Scott-nominated Mothering Sunday, though in reading back through a second time I was moved by its beauty. The inability to fully fall into Days Without End is about my current life …

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Walter Scott Prize 2017 Shortlist: Graham Swift’s ‘Mothering Sunday’

  This year's Shortlist for the Walter Scott Prize consists of seven novels: four by female authors, and three by men. There's Sebastian Barry, who's Irish, Hannah Kent from Australia, and the rest are English. Interesting no Scots made the Shortlist - not that there must be. I am, as I said earlier, hoping to …

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Live, from Scotland!

  Coming to you live from Bonnie Scotland. I'll be reviewing for UK publishers and venues through the next few months, up and running here at Bluestalking. You'll find me at the Edinburgh International Literary Festival in August, attending events, standing very close to authors, reading and buying books, enjoying the roar of the grease …

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Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk by Kathleen Rooney

Hardcover: 304 pages Publisher: St. Martin's Press (January 17, 2017) Language: English ISBN-10: 1250113326 ISBN-13: 978-1250113320   It's New Year's Eve 1984. Once the most celebrated poet and highest paid female advertising writer in America, Lillian Boxfish is now 84 years old, her fame forgotten. Most of her friends now dead, she's left only with …

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