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 by them and half taking-the-piss out of them!

Inside A Dog


Our Books Of The Year Over The Years

Lanny by Max Porter


Inside A Dog Book Of The Year 2019


Normal People by Sally Rooney


Inside A Dog Book Of The Year 2018


Days Without End by Sebastian Barry


Inside A Dog Book Of The Year 2017


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

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 2020

The Front Runners……….

The Boy The Mole The Fox and The Horse by Charlie Mackesy

Easily the front runner – as it’s only book I’ve read so far this year…. it’s really good though!

Nought yet!
Nought yet!


Donald Rumsfeld’s Guide To….. The Costa Prize 2019
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 2019 Costa Prize

A Known Known

Normal People by Sally Rooney

Bought it. Read it. Loved it. Loved it so much it was the best thing I read in the whole of 2018. Can’t imagine anything being able to beat this to the overall prize!

A Known Known

The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton

This book won the ‘First Novel’ category at the Costas and it’s a book I really enjoyed. It’s a really clever and engrossing thriller with a fairly unusual premise – but it worked for me! Mind you, much as I liked it, it doesn’t come close to the Sally Roone novel for me!

An Unknown Unknown

The Skylarks War by Hilary MacKay

Winner in the Children’s Book category. Back in my primary teaching days this would have been very much on my radar as I was always on the lookoutfor good children’s fiction to either read aloud or to use as a study text. This story of a family as their carefree summers ends and the onset of war is on the horizon sounds like it would have made a great read or a great study text – or both!

A Unknown Unknown

The Cut Out Girl by Bart van Es

This was the winner in the ‘Biography’ category and until it’s selection I’d never heard of it. However the story of a man’s search for the story behind a girl who his gradparents took in and looked after to protect her from being sent to Nazi concentration camps has had great reviews and sounds like it would be a powerful moving read

A Known Unknown

Assurances by J.O. Morgan

Morgan is a Scottish poet from Edinburgh, I bought this a few weeks back when it made the Costa shortlist…but as yet I’ve not actually opened it! However if it wins the overall prize I’ll have to rectify that PDQ!