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1974 Costa Winner

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The Sacred and Profane Love Machine by Iris Murdoch

       
 

Publisher: Penguin

Length: 365 pages

About: Thriller writer mourns late wife

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Reading an Iris Murdoch novel is sometimes like sitting in a stylish house and hearing somebody banging about upstairs…The fatal weakness of The Sacred and Profane Love Machine is that it is impossible to believe a word that Blaise Gavender says or thinks, and therefore in either Harriet or Emily’s love for him.

Michael Ratcliffe, The Times 25th March 1974

 

 

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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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