I so much enjoyed Nathan Filer’s conversation (it was not really a presentation) about schizophrenia and how and why he wrote The Shock of the Fall. I felt that I learned a great deal about the condition both from his book and from Nathan himself. I know that those who have read it are divided as to whether it is funny or not – I side with those who can see the humour in an otherwise dark novel. Like pretty well everyone there yesterday, I was greatly entertained by Nathan’s performance love poem (which – if you believe him – is not written down anywhere public, so we cannot follow it up). Good luck to you Nathan.
Did you notice that two of our books have been short-listed for The Guardian First Book Award? Among our 96 nominations are The Spinning Heart by Donal Ryan and Kiss Me First by Lottie Moggach. I have only read one of these so far and I liked it very much (but I’m not saying which!). What do others think?
So far this year, I’ve read 3 WGRA books featuring dubious Irish priests. I wonder what other themes will emerge?
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It is a testament to the readers of Waverton that the WGRA winner each year usually attracts other awards, given by more obviously “literary” bodies. Perhaps literature and good reads are not mutually exclusive.
I’ve just finished Reviver. It’s a sci-fi based on a set of people who can communicate (briefly) with the dead. I found it a bit too long but it contains some interesting ideas, and certainly speeds up towards the end.