It includes authors born in Libya, China and the Black Hills of Wales, an Australian woman born in Yorkshire and a Yorkshireman who has triumphantly published his first volume of poetry in his 61st year, to applause from established poets. ... Its subjects cover, among other things, Lonesome George, only survivor of the giant tortoises that helped Darwin to transform our view of the natural world; a blind adventurer; and the devoutness and lust of the 17th-century poet John Donne.Yiyun Li's A Thousand Years of Good Prayers which I was waxing lyrical about yesterday, is on there. Poppy Shakespeare I almost bought at Borders* the other day. Only some serious self-talk ("Sharon, you cannot possibly buy any more books without reading some of the ones you have already") stopped me. Now I regret my caution of course.
Anyway, here's the full list, with links:
Everyman's Rules for Scientific Living Carrie Tiffany, (Picador), fictionAnd what of the ones that got away? Claire Armistead picks the best of the runner-up.
Harbor Lorraine Adams (Portobello), fiction
John Donne: The Reformed Soul John Stubbs (Viking), biography
Lonesome George: The Lives and Loves of a Conservation Icon Henry Nicholls (Palgrave Macmillan), natural history
A Sense of the World: How a Blind Man Became History's Greatest Traveller Jason Roberts (Simon & Schuster), biography
Running for the Hills Horatio Clare (John Murray), memoir
Poppy Shakespeare Clare Allan (Bloomsbury), fiction
Waiting for the Night-Rowers Roger Moulson (Enitharmon), poetry
A Thousand Years of Good Prayers Yiyun Li (4th Estate), stories
In the Country of Men Hisham Matar (Viking), fiction **
On the subject of book awards, there was good news this week for James Meek who won a second one for The People's Act of Love which was named the Scottish Arts Council Book of the Year. You may remember that he also won the Ondaatje Prize back in May.
* Incidentally, if you are a busy parent with kids in tow and fancy a quiet browse in Borders in Times Square, just pack the little dears off to the indoor funfair - complete with huge rollercoaster and ferris wheel! Magic! At least two hours of peace guaranteed.
** Also long-listed for the Booker