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1985 Costa Winner

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Hawksmoor by Peter Ackroyd


Publisher: penguin

Length: 217 pages

About: 18th & 20th Century London murder investigations


Where: England (London)

When: 1800s and 1900s



Publisher’s synopsis:

This fictional nightmare combines the genres of thriller, ghost story and metaphysical tract. Ackroyd uses 17th-century language and spelling to evoke the spirit of London after the Great Fire.












Not so good

The end of the novel is hard to understand…..for all its sporadic brilliance and intricacy it has a lowering effect. It s a dark, cold novel, almost wholly untouched by altruism or responsibility.

Alan Hollingurst, Times Literary Supplement, 27th September 1985




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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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