Christos Tsiolkas’s The Slap was published in Australia in 2008. After winning the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize in 2009, it came out in the UK this year (and, is, therefore, now available in India, too). Read more

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This is, as with most things to do with this blog, selective and arbitrary. Given that we are in the second week of the last month of the last year of the decade known as the noughties, some stock taking is necessary. But I am terrible at taking stick, awful at anthologizing, because I feel guilty about leaving things out. Read more

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So here we are with the most hotly debated annual shortlist in the English-speaking books world – the final six books vying for the Man Booker Prize 2009.

What has it boiled down to?

Summerland by JM Coetzee

The Children’s Book by AS Byatt Read more

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