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!
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
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.
My Book Of The Year Prize For 2019
The Front Runners……….
Tess of the D’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy
The lovely Tess, the cad Alec and the absolute idiot of literature that is Angel Clare!
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!