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1976 Costa Winner

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The Children of Dynmouth by William Trevor


Publisher: Penguin

Length: 192 pages

About: Curious creepy teenager spies on adults






Publisher’s synopsis:

A small, pretty seaside town is harshly exposed by a young boy's curiosity. His prudent interest, oddly motivated, leaves few people unaffected - and the consequences cannot be ignored.












William Trevor has written a very fine novel. It is the work of a master craftsman and a deep creative talent…A 15-year-old youth plans to take part in the church’s Easter fete talent contest. The props he needs for his act are scattered among a variety of families in Dynmouth. To get them he embarks on a menacing and chilling course of blackmail. Simple yet brilliant. 

Peter Tinniswood, The Times 24th June 1976



Not so good

What is surprising in this book is an appreciable extension in the area of pity, which at the end seems also somewhat to unsettle Mr Trevor's customary elegance..

Anne Duchene, Times Literary Supplement, 18/6/76



About the author

William Trevor was born in 1928 at Michaelstown, County Cork, spent his childhood in provincial Ireland and now lives in Devon. He attended a number of Irish schools and later Trinity College, Dublin.  In 2002 he was knighted. Trevor has resided in Devon, South West England, since the 1950s.


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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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