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!

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Our Books Of The Year Over The Years

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

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The Orenda by Joseph Boyden

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Canada by Richard Ford

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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 2018

The Front Runners……….

Reservoir 13 by Jon McGregor

A teenage girl goes missing in the hills in the heart of England…… but this isn’t your archetypal whodunnit or why dunnit. Instead while the search goes on, so does everyday life and it’s this that’s at the heart of this fantastic novel!

Midwinter Break by Bernard MacLaverty

Gerry and Stella are retired and they head off for a midwinter break to Amsterdam. But instead of a chance to rest and relax together, it’s a break that sees their increasingly fractured marriage spin towards the very edges of their control – beautiful, tragic and haunting novel!

Wolf Moon by Julio Llamazares


The only other Llamazares novel I’ve read, Yellow Rain, is one of my favourite books ever – so this had a lot to live up to. But it’s a beautifully told story of 4 young men, survivors from the Spanish Civil War, hiding out in the Cantabrian mountains while Franco’s Fascists search for them in the villages below.


Donald Rumsfeld’s Guide To….. The Booker Prize 2018

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 2018 Booker Prize

A Known Known

Snap by Belinda Bauer

Bought it. Read it. Thought it was bloody awful! Think Donald’s own biography was more enjoyable than this. If this wins I’ll give up book prizes for ever!

A Known Unknown

Washington Black by Esi Edugyan.

This has only recently been published in UK so I’ve not read it – however I did read Esi Edugyan’s last book Half Blood Blues and I loved that so as Frank Sinatra would have said I would have high hopes for this!

A Known Unknown

Warlight by Michael Ondaatje

Not read it yet though it’s coming to top of my waiting pile. It’s Michael Ondaatje though and I bloody loved The English Patient so you sort of know this will be good. Plus my other half has read it and she says it’s briliant so what more of a recommendation do you need than that?!

A Known Unknown

Normal People by Sally Rooney

Not read this yet but loved her last book. And now I’ve read a review of this in The Guardian, which effectively says this book is the greatest thing since sliced bread, it will solve global warming, it will make us forget that there’s that fucking moron Trump in The White House and it will probably take over as the new Manchester United manager and make sure we win everything this season am thinking that’s one helluva book – probably the winner?!

A Unknown Unknown

Sabrina by Nick Drnaso

Hadn’t ever heard of this graphic novel until it was longlisted – not sure I’ll read it though the idea of a story about what happens when an intimate, ‘everyday’ tragedy collides with the appetites of the 24-hour news cycle is certainly topical and might be interesting

A Known Known

From A Low And Quiet Sea by Donal Ryan

I loved this book. It’s terrific. It’s wonderful. It’s brilliantly written. And of all the books I’ve read from the shortlist so far ( though that’s not many) this should win by a country mile – so it probably won’t even make the shortlist!!!!

A Known Unknown

The Water Cure by Sophie Mackintosh

I read great reviews about this when it came out but I didn’t fancy it. Not that it’s been longlisted, I still don’t fancy it – so that’s a certainty for the shortlist right there!

A Known Unknown

The Mars Room by Rachel Kushner

I’d not fancied this as I was put off by the cover………………..! However read on Books and Lilianne’s blog that she thought it was briliiant and I do tend to like most of what she praises so am now thinking what an arsehole I am for getting put off by the cover of a book! Will definitely read this!

And The Rest – Among those longlisted, though not winners of the individual category prizes, my summary is:

Unknown Unknown – Milkman by Anna Burns. Hadn’t heard of it but quite fancied it. However my other half just read it and says it’s not all that great!

Unknown Unknown – In Our Mad and Furious City by Guy Gunaratne. Another stranger to me till longlisting.

Known Unknown – Everything Under by Daisy Johnson. Bought this when it came out but not yet got round to reading it.

Known Unknown – The Overstory by Richard Powers. I read Orfeo and to be honest me and that book didn’t get along that well! It was a rare didn’t finish for me!

Known Unknown – The Long Take by Robin Robertson. I read his poetry collection ‘The Wrecking Light’ and liked some of it though found other bits rather difficult to get into and am not sure about this new lyric poem. However he’s Scottish so I obviously hope he wins and perhaps he will if Sally Rooney’s book is too busy with it’s next role as Manchester United manager to be arsed with something like the Booker!!