You will find a page for each of the 31 long-listed books, under Comment on the books you are reading/The Longlist. Please add a comment as you read each title.
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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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.