Baileys Prize shortlist 2016: why ‘A Little Life’ should win, and why it probably won’t

_______________________________________________________________________________________________ “He had looked at Jude, then, and had felt that same sensation he sometimes did when he thought, really thought of Jude and what his life had been: a sadness, he might have called it, but it wasn't a pitying sadness; it was a larger sadness, one that seemed to encompass all the poor …

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nba longlist: a necessary rant, an inconvenient truth

NBA Longlist 2015 Not a word of complaint from this woman: Hanya Yanagihara (YES), Jesse Ball, Lauren Groff, Adam Johnson, Edith Pearlman, Nell Zink, T. Geronimo Johnson, Karen E. Bender, Angela Flournoy... Oh, wait. Son of a bitch. Bill Clegg. Nervous pulling of collar. It's like this: Did You Ever Have a Family is, how …

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man booker 2015: what a difference a few hours make

Unbelievable. While I slept, from behind my back emerged this wee bitch of a Shortlist: Hello, political component to the Man Bookers. Ha, what am I saying. Welcome back. We hardly missed ye; never had the chance. You can't miss what hasn't had the courtesy to leave. Analysis of the analysts: Judges 2015 Ellah Wakatama …

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man booker 2015: i’m fucked

Things were going along well, so tidy, so well-kempt, all picket fences and Sunday afternoon lawnmowers pushed by men in white shirts with cut-off jeans, baseball caps protecting dear, shiny heads. All signs pointed to Marilynne Robinson for the Man Booker 2015 win. God was in his heaven. I sat on the front porch sipping …

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