It will be interesting indeed to see if A God in Ruins longlists for the Booker Prize.
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.
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.
Why are we so certain that the complex behaviour of other people is somehow completely controllable?
There seems to be a strong theme of The Arts as Life running through literary fiction at the moment
And so, the day has arrived, when 13 becomes 6.
Ultimately, this is a lovely book – intelligent, gentle, engrossing, enlightening.
As usual, the judges want to tell us that this a longlist of ambition, breadth and depth, but this year more than most, that seems like a disingenuous claim.