The idea for this site started when I was unable to get any unbiased advice on what to read next. I just wanted a simple guide that said here are a load of good books and here's a quick overview so you can see if it will be of interest for you to read. I couldn't find one so 7 years on and with some help form my good friends Margaret Litchfield and Janice Pickersgill, I have finally completed this massive task and I will shortly add a Children's section...
Founder, Marc Holland 23rd September 2013
Do you wander around bookshops aimlessly?
Has a friend recommended a book that really doesn't suit you - you find this out after 100 pages!
Have you wasted time and money on a book you don't like?!
Hundreds of books have won prizes and the problem is we rarely hear about any except maybe the ones that won this year's prize but surely those that won prizes 5, 10 or even 20 years are still good books? Yes they are. But how do I know if I am going to enjoy them.
This website helps you decide. Every prize-winning book has a synopsis, an extract, reviews both good and bad (funny how no books include bad reviews on their covers!) and a bit about the author. We even give marks out of 10 for humour, romance, adventure etc..
We try not to be judgmental but give you a quick good overview of the book so that you can make the decision if your valuable time, not to mention your money is worth it.
To get started simply click on the prize categories that have been reviewed so far (Booker, Pullitzer, Costa (formerly Whitbread) and Orange) and you will find all the books listed with reviews. In time, more fiction-prizes will be added to the list.
When you read the reviews and think a book is right for you, simply click on the link which will direct you to Amazon. The pennies we receive for each book sale from Amazon help fund the running of this site, so please try and use our links as opposed to go straight to Amazon - it won't cost you any more!
2016 Pulitzer Prize Winner
It's a massive day in arts and journalism because the 100th annual Pulitzer Prize winners were just announced, and there's a big surprise. 2015's best artistic and nonfiction writing across 21 categories were recognized during a ceremony Monday afternoon at Columbia University in New York City. The first Pulitzer Prize was awarded to Hebert Bayward Swope, a reporter for The New York World, in 1916. (And if you're as big a fan of Newsies as I am, that paper should ring a bell, but try to think of it more positively.)
The major prize for book nerds, the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction went to The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen (Grove Press), a legitimate surprise, if you've been paying attention to the book nerd and industry buzz. The feeling around the prize in the last few months would have you putting all your hard-earned cash down on A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara to take home the award, but that's why you should never gamble. Viet Thanh Nguyen is no less deserving, and moreover, it's his debut novel, which makes it such a wonderful win.
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