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.
The Chimes is a skilful, gripping, and very enjoyable book, and deserves to be read widely.
There’s no doubt about it – this is a quality novel.
Perhaps this is a chocolate-chip cookie version of American life, but if so, it’s a rough, home-made, gritty, grainy cookie.
Overall, this is a more diverse and interesting list than the safe ground of 2014’s longlist.
It will be interesting indeed to see if A God in Ruins longlists for the Booker Prize.
Dietland is a modern and edgier-than-average chick-lit novel.
The Eye of the Sheep is a book that manages to be both compelling and heart-breaking.
This is a compelling study of the depth and reach of parental love when heavily challenged by circumstances.
By writing from the view of the soul of the animal, Dovey delivers a cumulatively powerful statement on both animals and humans.