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Our mid-year bookish awards for 2014

The Vladimir Nabokov award for an opening paragraph:
Family Life by Akhil Sharma

‘My father has a glum nature. He retired three years ago, and he doesn’t talk much. Left to himself, he can remain silent for days. When this happens, he begins brooding, he begins thinking strange thoughts. Recently he told me that I was selfish, that I had always b

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Our top ten bestsellers of the week

The Songs Of Jesse Adams by Peter McKinnon Here Come the Dogs by Omar Musa The Life of I: The New Culture of Narcissism by Anne Manne All the Birds Singing by Evie Wyld The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt The Book of Paul: The Wit and Wisdom of Paul Keating by Russell Marks The Heist by Daniel Silva …

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Our mid-year bookish awards for 2014 (for young people)

Best memoir written by a teenager:
Popular by Maya Van Wagenen

Some teenage diaries are best kept under lock and key, but happily this one is charming, well-written, and a great insight into 8th Grade politics.

Best translated young adult novel:
Nine Open Arms by Benny Lindelauf, translated by John Nieuwenhuizen

Eccentric and unique, with qui…

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