Booker Prize:

Dolman Award Books – Take 6

2 August 2012 | Media

It’s my final batch of books from the long list for the Dolman Travel Book of the Year Award. I’m chairing the panel of judges and we’ll pick the winner at Hatchards Bookshop on Piccadilly in London on 5 September. Click here for the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th batches...

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Assorted Books & Films

24 November 2011 | Media

I don’t just read travel books – although three recent novels also travelled through their pages. I really liked Jennifer Egan’s A Visit from the Goon Squad which won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 2011. Following the inter-connected lives of rock mogul Bennie Sala...

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10 Books

23 December 2010 | Media

There were lots of interesting books in 2010 – fiction and non-fiction, travel and standing still. Here are 10 I found particularly interesting, starting with 5 travel books: Country Driving – Peter Hessler’s look at contemporary China from behind the steering wheel ...

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Three Famines

13 November 2010 | Media

Curiously at present this book only appears to be published in Australia, although Amazon.com have it on Kindle. Thomas Keneally is a prolific author of fiction and non-fiction titles although he’s best known for the Booker Prize winning Schindler’s Ark which became t...

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Mr Pip – Lloyd Jones

23 January 2008 | Media

A short list contender for the 2007 Mann Booker prize Mr Pip is set in Bougainville, an island which is politically part of Papua New Guinea, but culturally and ethnically is much more closely related to the Solomon Islands. It’s yet another reminder of how the coloni...

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