From Sebastian Barry’s ‘On Canaan’s Side’

  I know, I know, I know... I've already expressed I'd give Sebastian Barry the Booker for his handsomeness alone, but never mind that. I received On Canaan's Side today, ripped open the box and started it immediately. Never mind, you others! Sebastian Barry is here. His every sentence is a line of poetry, his …

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Booker Prize Longlist – 2011

  The Booker Prize longlist was announced while I was away on vacation: Julian Barnes The Sense of an Ending (Jonathan Cape - Random House)Sebastian Barry On Canaan's Side (Faber)Carol Birch Jamrach's Menagerie(Canongate Books)Patrick deWitt The Sisters Brothers(Granta)Esi Edugyan Half Blood Blues (Serpent's Tail)Yvvette Edwards A Cupboard Full of Coats (Oneworld)Alan Hollinghurst The Stranger's Child …

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