I am aware that I’ve been a little slow off the mark here telling you about the latest newbooks magazine. I can only put it down to wanting to tell you about some of the books shortlisted for the Nudge/newbooks Bookhugger book of the year. There is now just one day to cast your vote- as a reminder here are the selections.
Small Great Things – Jodi Picoult. My five star review for this is here.
Exposure – Helen Dunmore – My five star review for this is here.
The Wonder – Emma Donoghue – My four star review is here.
The Song Collector – Natasha Simons – My four star review is here.
How To Measure A Cow – Margaret Forster – My three star review is here.
Waking Lions – Ayelet Gundar-Goshen
Father’s Day – Simon Van Booy
Hide – Matthew Griffin
The Good Guy- Susan Beale
Owl Song At Midnight – Emma Claire Sweeney (I am currently reading this and enjoying it very much, my review will follow shortly).
If you have read any of these books and think they are worthy of the title of Bookhugger Book Of The Year you have now just a few hours (voting closing on 10th Feb) to head on over to the Nudge site (here) to register your vote.
Bookhugger Book Of Year nominees that have already featured on reviewsrevues.com
I must confess that for this issue of newbooks I did not contribute as much as I have done in the past. That was because of moving home (twice in a short period of time) and losing contact with the rest of the world with no phone line, mobile phone signal or internet (something which I have griped about before on here, and which I have now just about got over).
There is a lot of great stuff to read in this latest edition of newbooks which can be purchased as an individual copy or as a subscription over on the nudge site (just click here). There’s a great feature on authors’ new years resolutions (I wonder how many of them have already been broken). Those contributing include reviewsrevues favourite Chris Whitaker (good to see that sense of humour still going strong, Chris), Sara Baume and Natasha Solomons. The big interview and cover author is Claire Fuller, who is interviewed by Mel Mitchell, who also does a great job with author Magdalena McGuire. A section on debut authors focuses on Joseph Knox, Katie Khan and Ross Armstrong as well as rounding up the debut novels that are going to be appearing over the next couple of months. There is also an extract from the book I am currently reading “Owl Song At Dawn” and interview with author Emma Claire Sweeney. There are loads of books reviewed in the Directory for those of us looking for the next great discovery.
There’s also the Recommended reads which can be picked up from the Nudge website for free (you just pay P&P). These are subject to availability and include the aforementioned Emma Claire Sweeney (this is where my copy came from), Foxlowe by Eleanor Wasserberg, The Bones Of Grace by Tahmima Anam and Life In A Fishbowl by Len Vlahos.
If your to be read list is looking a little depleted (as if!) or you just want to experience one of the only print magazines about books still available in the UK check out Newbooks 91.