Donal Ryan, author of Best Novel contender 'From a Low and Quiet Sea' © Anthony Woods

  • The Best Books of the Last Twelve Months 28 Dec 18

    We review the best Novel category, the best First Novel category, and also take a look at the contenders for the best Children’s Book Award. Read More

  • Man Booker 2018: Milkman 26 Sep 18

    In a brief Man Booker-linked interview, Anna Burns explains that she grew up ‘in a place that was rife with violence, distrust and paranoia, and peopled by individuals trying to navigate and survive... Read More

  • Man Booker 2018: The Mars Room 18 Sep 18

    Rachel Kushner’s third novel is a thoroughly compelling account of the frailties and strengths of the human condition. Kushner writes with a keen regard for history and politics. This is a novel... Read More

  • Man Booker 2018: The Water Cure 18 Sep 18

    After some largely unspecified environmental catastrophe (indeed, for much of the novel it’s not clear, really, whether this has actually taken place or whether the potential threat from the outside... Read More

  • Man Booker 2018: In Our Mad and Furious City 17 Sep 18

    Guy Gunarantne’s debut novel In Our Mad and Furious City opens with a hymn to the ‘single, mad, monstrous and lunatic city’ of London, a city which declares itself through a fiery, repurposed... Read More

  • Man Booker 2018: Washington Black 13 Sep 18

    With themes of slavery and freedom, escape and pursuit, at its heart, you might tag ‘Washington Black’ as ‘The Underground Railroad’ of the 2018 list, but it is a very different proposition... Read More

  • Man Booker Review 2018: Everything Under 10 Sep 18

    An interest in the past, and the ability to form meaning through language might be said to be two key factors distinguishing us as human. Both ideas form part of the gravitational attraction of... Read More

  • 2018 Man Booker Review: Snap 7 Sep 18

    With an accolade from Val McDermid (one of this year’s Man Booker judging panel) on the front cover – ‘The best crime novel I’ve read in a very long time’ – you might be deluded into... Read More

  • 2018 Man Booker Review: Normal People 6 Sep 18

    A year after I assumed the hype around Sally Rooney’s first novel, ‘Conversations with Friends’, was overstated, and made a conscious decision not to engage with her ‘fresh voice’, I... Read More

  • 2018 Man Booker Review: The Long Take 31 Aug 18

    In film-making the long take requires the greatest command of scale and precision. No technique is finer for prompting awe. However, it is not just a matter of technical audacity; there’s a... Read More

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