From The Booker To My Book Of The Year.


Inside A Dog And Book Prizes.

When I was five I won a prize at school. I came fourth I think. The prize was a book. But the kid who came fifth seemed to have a better book than me. So we swopped. Every since I’ve liked book prizes. But only liked them enough to be half-influenced and half taking-the-piss!

Here’s The Great And The Good On Book Prizes.

Posh Bingo

Julian Barnes


'I Got To The Stage Where I Couldn't Read A Laundry List Without Considering It For The Shortlist!'

Bernice Rubens on being a Booker Prize Judge in 1986


'People Aren't Quite Sure What It Means When A Book Is A Booker Prize Winner!'

Kazuo Ishiguro on the Booker Prize


'You Swopped?!!! You Swopped Prizes With George Bryce?!'

My Mum. Hillend Primary Prize Giving. 1966


My Book Of The Year Prize For 2017

The Front Runners……….

Days Without End by Sebastian Barry

Irish Emigre Thomas McNulty leaves behind the Irish Famine for a future of cross-dressing and the brutality of the US Army in 1850’s America – utterly, utterly brilliant!

Exit West by Mohsin Hamed

The author of The Reluctant Fundamentalist follows that great book up with a brilliant story of love and despair for those fleeing war in the Middle East through a series of magical doors – sort of East meets West via Magic Realism!

Selection Day by Aravind Adiga


Moving on from the psychotic chauffeur of ‘The White Tiger’ to a new sort of psycho – this time a mad Indian father determined to make his two sons the greatest Indian cricketers of all time, following, almost literally, in the footsteps of the great ‘Sachin Tendulkar!’

Inside A Dog

Our Books Of The Year Over The Years

Miss Emily by Nuala O'Connor

Inside A Dog Book Of The Year 2016

Tony Hogan Bought Me An Ice Cream Float Before He Stole My Ma by Kerry Hudson

Inside A Dog Book Of The Year 2015

The Orenda by Joseph Boyden

Inside A Dog Book Of The Year 2014

Canada by Richard Ford

Inside A Dog Book Of The Year 2013

The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey

Inside A Dog Book Of The Year 2012


Donald Rumsfeld’s Guide To….. The Booker Prize 2016

Donald Rumsfeld. Ex US-Defense Secretary. And All Round Eejit. In describing intelligence on Iraq he once said ‘…as we know, there are known knowns; things we know we know. There are known unknowns; that is to say we know there are some things we do not know. But there are also unknown unknowns – the ones we don’t know we don’t know’. Genius. So here it is applied to the 2016 Booker list

A Known Known

Hot Milk by Deborah Levy. Bought it. Read it. Quite Liked It.

A Known Unknown

His Bloody Project by Graeme Macrae Burnet. A Thiller. On the Booker List. Oo-er! On My TBR List.

A Known Unknown

Serious Sweet by AL Kennedy. I LIke AL Kennedy. Plus She’s Scottish! On My TBR List.

A Unknown Unknown

Hystopia by David Means. Never Heard Of It. Don’t Fancy It Really!

A Known Known

My Name Is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout. Bought It Along With Everybody Else. Read It. Absolutely LOVED IT!

A Known Known

Do Not Say We Have Nothing. Read Review At Word By Word. LIked Sound Of It. On MY TBR List.

And The Rest – The Sellout by Paul Beatty – An Unknown Unknown; The Schooldays of Jesus by JM Coetzee – a Slight Known Unknown; The North Water by Ian McGuire – another Unknown Unknown I’m afraid; The Many by Wyl Menmuir – a Known Unknown but having read recent review don’t fancy it; Eileen by Ottessa Moshfegh – another Known Unknown but this time read good things and DO fancy it; Work Like Any Other by Virginia Reeves – an Unknown Unknown; and finally All That Man Is – a Known Unknown and a Might-Read-It-Might-Not!