Something is happening in the US consciousness that’s making people grasp for things that feel comforting and familiar because they grew up with them.
Taking a few of the key prizes in consideration, this was indeed a year of surprises.
This is a good book, not shy of taking on the difficult themes that any Hebrew Bible/Old Testament-based story will inevitably involve.
I’m glad Hermione exists. But I wish I lived in a world where she was the center of the story.
A Brief History of Seven Killings is an ambitious, clever, stimulating book. Was it the best book from this year’s shortlist?
Graphic Journalism is emerging as one of the most compelling ways to talk about an urgent issue: migration.
The book feels a bit like it might have come out of a 1990s cultural studies department – everything is valid, nothing is meaningless or just plainly what it appears to be.
Only one of these six writers seems to have any optimism at all about the human condition.
That said, as a book about the tragedy of lost promise (both of individuals and nations), this dark tale has a lot to say, and says it with a facility that grips tight and holds on to the final chapter.
What’s important for many of us isn’t transition, but what comes after — and young readers too need to see that life goes on after transition.