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Readers’ Salon Recommendations (November 2018)

Braving the suddenly biting cold of a November night in Edinburgh, our readers came out in force to let us know what they were reading as the days turn short and dark.

From excellent non-fiction recommendations to metamorphic classics to bizarre and hilarious fiction via an exploration of psychopaths in literature, we had a really wonderful time. We hope that the books listed below give you a flavour of the vibe from Readers’ Salon, as well as prompting more inspiration for your own winter reading! Continue reading Readers’ Salon Recommendations (November 2018)

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Why Anna Burns’ Milkman was a worthy 2018 Booker Prize Winner

Well, who saw that coming? Anna Burn’s Milkman came through an incredibly strong field and was the judges’ unanimous pick for the Man Booker Prize 2018. Becoming the first ever Northern Irish winner, Burns picked up the £50,000 prize for her confrontational and experimental novel, described by judge Kwame Anthony Appiah as “challenging, but in the way a walk up Snowdon is challenging. It is definitely worth it because the view is terrific when you get to the top”.

So what was all the fuss about and why was this left field pick chosen ahead of other strong entries, such as youngest ever shortlist nominee Daisy Johnson’s Everything Under or Rachel Kushner’s The Mars Room? Continue reading Why Anna Burns’ Milkman was a worthy 2018 Booker Prize Winner