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.
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.
Dietland is a modern and edgier-than-average chick-lit novel.
Most reviewers will tell you that The Children Act is either about Jehovah’s Witnesses and their belief structure, but The Children Act is actually about middle-aged rancour and loneliness.
It is no surprise that The Goldfinch won the Pulitzer Prize.
What Wright does in The Swan Book is something extraordinary – she holds a future mirror up to an Australia ruined by greed and racism, and asks, Do you like what you see?
Above all, We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves is a novel about family – about the depth and fierceness of familial love.
Annamarie Jagose, Orgasmology, Duke UP, 2013. Does orgasm have a history? Queer theorist Annamarie Jagose’s new book attempts to answer this question with a carefully researched journey through the orgasm’s 20th century fortunes, from the the marriage manuals extolling simultaneous orgasm to the vicissitudes of faked orgasm.