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Lizzy's Literary Life · 1d ago

The Wednesday Club – Kjell Westö

Winner of the 2014 Nordic Council Award Translated from Swedish by Neil Smith I was rooting for this novel to lift the Petrona Award (for best Scandi Crime novel) on Saturday night, but it w...
Lizzy's Literary Life · 5d ago

Tournament of Books: Paradise Lodge (Stibbe) vs To Be Continued (Robertson) Part 2

James Robertson’s novel faces quite a challenge, if it is to progress into the next round of my tournament of shortlisted books, given that Nina Stibbe’s Paradise Lodge scored a whopping 42/...
Lizzy's Literary Life · 1W ago

Tournament of Books: Paradise Lodge (Stibbe) vs To Be Continued (Robertson) Part 1

I need to be more objective in my judging during my Tournament of Books, realising that I failed miserably at my first attempt! So I have pre-determined the criteria for this bout: cover (as...
Lizzy's Literary Life · 2W ago

In which Seethaler steals the Couto vs Luiselli bout

I began my Short List Tournament (now renamed Tournament of Books) by determining which book I shall be championing for the Dublin Literary Prize.  I had two of the shortlistees in the TBR: ...
Lizzy's Literary Life · 2W ago

The Crimes Literary Supplement: German Noir at Newcastle Noir

I tried to resist, but I suppose it was inevitable given the programme.  Two events: one with three British authors writing historical crime fiction set in Germany, the second with three Ger...
Lizzy's Literary Life · 3W ago

Wrap-Up: March/April 2017

I was on the road March into April, and so I have two months of wrap-up outstanding. I attended not 1, not 2, but 3 book festivals: Glasgow Aye Write!, the Leipzig Book Fair in conjunction w...
Lizzy's Literary Life · 3W ago

The Hour of the Jackal – Bernhard Jaumann

Winner of the 2011 German Prize for Crime Fiction Translated from German by John Brownjohn Lack of evidence ensured that no-one was ever successfully prosecuted for the 1989 political assass...
Lizzy's Literary Life · 4W ago

Sand – Wolfgang Herrndorf

Winner of the Leipzig Book Fair Prize 2012 Translated from German by Tim Mohr I was a little nervous going into this Leipzig Book Prize award-winning novel, having previously abandoned two o...
Lizzy's Literary Life · 1M ago

It’s shortlist season!

With last night’s announcement of the Man Booker International Prize shortlist, I think all shortlists of interest have been declared. – Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction (1) – Best Translat...
Lizzy's Literary Life · 1M ago

Tales from the 2017 Leipzig Book Fair

Two years ago I met Corinna and Claudia, the ladies from the German cultural blog Nachtgedanken at the Edinburgh Book Festival.  You must come to the Leipzig Book Fair, they exhorted.  It’s ...