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LITERARY PRIZES.
From The Booker To My Book Of The Year.

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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

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'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

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

Kazuo Ishiguro on the Booker Prize

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

My Mum. Hillend Primary Prize Giving. 1966

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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

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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!