Kamel Daoud: Meursault, contre-enquête [Meursault, Counter Investigation]

The latest addition to my website is Kamel Daoud‘s Meursault, contre-enquête [Meursault, Counter Investigation], part of my effort at reading literary prize winners/shortlisted writers other than the Man Booker. This book has already won the prix François Mauriac, not to be confused with the prix François Mauriac and the Prix des cinq continents de la … Read more

Wilson Harris: Black Marsden

The latest addition to my website is Wilson Harris‘ Black Marsden. This is another enigmatic novel from Harris which I cannot claim to have fully understood or to have enjoyed. It concerns a man called Clive Goodrich, who is rich, having won the football pools, and who has bought a house in Edinburgh with the … Read more

Clara Dupont-Monod: Le roi disait que j’étais diable [The King Said I Was a Devil]

The latest addition to my website is Clara Dupont-Monod‘s Le roi disait que j’étais diable [The King Said I Was a Devil]. This novel is on the shortlist for this year’s Goncourt Prize (link in French), with the winner to be announced 5 November. This is a first person account by Eleanor of Aquitaine, the … Read more

Australian Prime Minister’s Literary Awards shortlist

After a longer wait than usual, they have announced the shortlist for the Australian Prime Minister’s Literary Awards. The fiction shortlist is: A World of Other People, Steven Carroll (HarperCollins) The Narrow Road to the Deep North, Richard Flanagan (Vintage Australia) The Night Guest, Fiona McFarlane (Penguin: Hamish Hamilton) Coal Creek, Alex Miller (Allen & … Read more

Gertrud Leutenegger: Panischer Frühling [Panic Spring]

The latest addition to my website is Gertrud Leutenegger‘s Panischer Frühling [Panic Spring]. This book was nominated for both the Swiss Book Prize (link in German) (winner announced 9 November) and the German Book Prize for which the winner has already been announced – Lutz Seiler’s Kruso, which I reviewed last week. It is something … Read more