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The Tom Hiddleston Book Club

May 30, 2016 | Viveca | Comments (2)

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The only thing better than a photo of Tom Hiddleston staring into your soul while sporting an elegant suit, is a photo of him doing this while holding a cat. Hiddleston, a British actor with a Cambridge and RADA pedigree, glides from the Shakespearean stage into the Marvel comic book universe with ease -- exuding equal parts charm and menace. Thoughtful in interviews, impeccably polite, Hiddleston has amassed a legendary and loyal fan base who apparently like the cut of his jib.  

Here are some titles that would be requisite on any Tom Hiddleston Book Club list:   

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The Night Manager by John Le Carré. Hiddleston's role as the enigmatic Mr. Pine in the six-part television adaptation of John Le Carré's spy thriller is generally acknowledged to be his screen test for the next James Bond. 

The Deep Blue Sea by Terence Rattigan. Rattigan's 1952 stage play about post-war repression and isolation was the basis for Terence Davies' achingly beautiful film adaptation. Watch this on DVD and prepare to weep. 

War Horse by Michael Morpurgo. In Steven Spielberg's film adaptation, Hiddleston plays a doomed World War I soldier along with fellow erudite Brit, Benedict Cumberbatch. Cumberbatch also has an immense fan following - when the two appeared together in this film, it almost broke the Internet. 

High-Rise by J. G. Ballard. In the upcoming film adaptation of this science-fiction classic, Hiddleston joins the residents of a luxury high-rise building who gradually withdraw from the outside world and descend into violence and debauchery.  

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Only Lovers Left Alive. Directed by Jim Jarmusch. Hiddleston and Tilda Swinton are weary vampires who cling to music, books and art in a changing world. Bibliophiles will relate to the tactile attachment to books and reading. 

Archipelago and Unrelated. Directed by Joanna Hogg. Don't miss these two intelligent indie films that explore family and personal relationships. Both star an extremely young Hiddleston. 

The Hollow Crown.  Shakespeare's histories. Hiddleston is Prince Hal, the party-time bro who becomes defender of the realm. 

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Midnight in Paris. Directed by Woody Allen. Spot Hiddleston as F. Scott Fitzgerald.

Hank Williams: The Biography by Colin Escott. This book was the basis for Marc Abraham's recently released I Saw the Light, a biopic about the country music legend with Hiddleston in the title role. 

Fans of Henning Mankell's mysteries should check out the Wallander series on DVD. Hiddleston plays Magnus, a young cop working under the brooding and boozy Kurt Wallander. 

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In Thor, Thor: The Dark World, and The Avengers, Hiddleston got his breakout role as the villain Loki which launched his legendary army of fans known as Hiddlestoners.  

Recommended Reading: The Gospel of Loki by Joanne M. Harris. An entertaining retelling of the Norse legend.

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Related Links: The Benedict Cumberbatch Book Club

 

Know Her Value: Books about Female Spies

May 24, 2016 | Andrea | Comments (1)

It's been a tough month for Peggy Carter. The intrepid secret agent has never backed down from a challenge: she fought beside Captain America during the Second World War, continued to fight nefarious cabals and workplace sexism through two seasons of her own television show, and eventually became one of the founders of the Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division. But being fictional, her existence is subject to the decisions of studios and networks. Her latest appearance on the big screen was a muted affair, as audiences who watched Captain America: Civil War can attest, and then the news broke that ABC cancelled Agent Carter. Viewers immediately launched a petition calling for Netflix to rescue the show, and though its future remains uncertain, it was a grand adventure while it lasted. 

Agent Carter herself once stated, "I know my value. Anyone else’s opinion doesn’t really matter." That said, many fans share the opinion that the Marvel Cinematic Universe should better acknowledge the value of their heroines, namely by giving Black Widow her own movie. Until we next see these ladies onscreen, follow their adventures in espionage on the page:

Operation SIN Agent Carter by Kathryn Immonen and Rich Ellis  Black Widow Forever Red by Margaret Stohl Black Widow Vol 1 The Finely Woven Thread by Nathan Edmondson and Phil NotoBlack Widow Vol 2 The Tightly Tangled Web by Nathan Edmondson and Phil Noto Black Widow Vol 3 Last Days by Nathan Edmondson and Phil Noto

Operation S.I.N.: Agent Carter by Kathryn Immonen and Rich Ellis

Peggy teams up with Howard Stark to investigate alien technology, and to nobody's surprise, Hydra is involved. Despite featuring Hayley Atwell on the cover, this graphic novel does not tie into the TV show.

Black Widow: Forever Red by Margaret Stohl

Assassin. Agent. Avenger. Black Widow aka Natasha Romanoff has worn many masks, and in this young adult novel you'll see her in yet another role: mentor to a teenage protégé.  

Black Widow Volume 1: The Finely Woven Thread by Nathan Edmondson and Phil Noto

"I've got red in my ledger," Natasha admitted in The Avengers. "I'd like to wipe it out." These graphic novels chronicle her exploits as she atones for past sins and goes undercover in Russia to expose a worldwide conspiracy, crossing paths with Hawkeye, Iron Man and the Winter Soldier along the way. The story continues in Volume 2: The Tightly Tangled Web and Volume 3: Last Days.

More women in spy fiction:

At Risk by Stella Rimington  Girl in a Box by Sujata Massey  Her Royal Spyness by Rhys Bowen  Mrs. Roosevelt's Confidante by Susan Elia MacNeal
         

At Risk by Stella Rimington 

Rimington, the first woman to serve as Director General of MI5, went on to write an ongoing series of spy thrillers starring counter-terrorism agent Liz Carlyle.

Girl in a Box by Sujata Massey

Rei Shimura accepts an assignment from the CIA to go undercover in a Tokyo department store.


Her Royal Spyness by Rhys Bowen

The first in a series of cozy mysteries, this fun whodunit introduces readers to Lady Georgiana aka Georgie, who is 34th in line to the throne and doing her best to make her own way in 1930s London while carrying out covert missions for the crown.  

Mrs. Roosevelt's Confidante by Susan Elia MacNeal

The latest Maggie Hope title brings our resourceful heroine to the White House. She is posing as Churchill's typist while he negotiates an American alliance, but when Eleanor Roosevelt needs her help, Maggie finds herself drawn into another dangerous plot.

Non-fiction: 

Fair Game by Valerie Plame  Femme Fatale by Pat Shipman  Liar Temptress Soldier Spy by Karen Abbott  Spy Princess - The Life of Noor Inayat Khan by Shrabani Basu


Fair Game: My Life as a Spy, My Betrayal by the White House by Valerie Plame Wilson

Despite being redacted by the CIA, this memoir offers a fascinating glimpse behind the scenes of the leak that ended Plame Wilson's career as an intelligence officer. She has since co-authored a series of spy novels, the first book being titled Blowback

 

Femme Fatale: Love, Lies, and the Unknown Life of Mata Hari by Pat Shipman

History has painted different pictures of Mata Hari, labelling her hedonist, harlot and heroine. Discover the complicated truth in this biography. 


Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy: Four Women Undercover in the Civil War by Karen Abbott

Like your history served narrative-style with a side of scandal? Read about the extraordinary lives of Belle Boyd, Emma Edmonds, Rose O’Neale Greenhow and Elizabeth Van Lew.


Spy Princess: The Life of Noor Inayat Khan by Shrabani Basu

A descendant of Tipu Sultan, Inayat Khan proved her mettle when she joined the Women's Auxiliary Air Force during the Second World War. She continued to spy for the Allies as a Special Operations Executive agent before her career came to a tragically early end.

The Vegetarian by Han Kang Wins Man Booker International Prize

May 17, 2016 | Book Buzz | Comments (0)

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Author Han Kang and translator Deborah Smith were awarded The Man Booker International Prize for Han's novel The Vegetarian, translated from the Korean by Smith.

The novel is about a woman disturbed by violent images who decides to stop eating meat. Among her South Korean family, this decision is considered socially unacceptable. Her relationships begin to fall apart as she is accused of everything from dangerous subversion to mental illness.

This is the first book translated by Deborah Smith who began teaching herself Korean in 2010 when she noticed a lack of Korean literature in the English market. 

The other books on the shortlist were:

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The Four Books by Yan Lianke, translated from the Chinese by Carlos Rojas
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A General Theory of Oblivion by José Eduardo Agualusa, translated from the Portuguese by Daniel Hahn

The Story of the Lost Child by Elena Ferrante, translated from the Italian by Ann Goldstein
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A Strangeness in My Mind by Orhan Pamuk, translated from the Turkish by Ekin Oklap
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A Whole Life by Robert Seethaler, translated from the German by Charlotte Collins

Kang and Smith will split £50,000. The authors and translators of the other novels on the shortlist each receive £1,000.  

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What to Read While Waiting for the Next Game of Thrones Book

April 29, 2016 | Kelli | Comments (0)

Game of Thrones is back (finally!) with its sixth season on HBO Canada. Until this season, fans who had read the books of the Song of Ice and Fire series by George R.R. Martin had the advantage of knowing what was going to happen in the television show. This is the first season to take the story beyond the published books. Fans of the books and the show are curious (and perhaps somewhat anxious) to see where the story leads. 

George R.R. Martin is expected to write at least two more books in the series.  The next book, The Winds of Winter, was expected in the spring of 2016, but it has been postponed and a new publication date for the book has not been announced as yet.  

Here are some series to keep you busy while George R.R. Martin writes and writes and writes....

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Black Prism by Brent Weeks. Gavin Guile is facing his final years as high priest and emperor. Seeking to rectify the lingering wrongs from the war against his twin, he is forced to acknowledge a bastard son, face down a corrupt governor, and stop a challenge to the state religion. The Lightbringer series also includes The Blinding Knife and The Broken Eye.
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Iron King by Maurice Druon. George R.R. Martin has called this series the original Game of Thrones. Beginning in 1314, the French king, Philip the Fair, rules France with an iron fist. Philip's persecution of the Knights Templar causes the Grand Master, as he dies, to unleash a terrible curse on Philip that sets the stage for all the events that follow. The Accursed Kings series is based on history and is full of political intrigue, family drama and characters who would do credit to the Lannister, Frey and Bolton houses. The Accursed Kings series continues with The Strangled Queen, The Poisoned Crown, The Royal Succession, The She-Wolf, The Lily and the Lion and The King with Kingdom.
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Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss. These are the stories of Kvothe, a presumed dead hero and villain, as told to the Chronicler. From his upbringing as an actor in his family's traveling troupe, through his education at "the University," Kvothe tells of his drive to learn the higher magic of naming and to discover as much as possible about the Chandrian, the demons of legend who murdered his family. The Kingkiller Chronicles also includes The Wise Man's Fear and The Slow Regard of Silent Things.
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Prince of Thorns by Mark Lawrence. When he was nine, Prince Honorous Jorg Ancrath was forced to watch his mother and brother being killed in front of him. Now leader of a band of bloodthirsty thugs, it is time for him to return to his father's castle, claim his inheritance and get his revenge. Yet, at the castle, treachery and dark magic await him. The Broken Empire series also includes King of Thorns and Emperor of Thorns.
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Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen. Although the rightful Queen of the Tearling, Kelsea has been kept in hiding since birth for her safety. Now that she has reached the age of ascension, she travels to the capital to claim her throne. Kelsea wants to abolish the slave lottery that plagues her people, but that earns the wrath of the powerful and magical Red Queen of the neighbouring kingdom which expects to keep on receiving shipments of the Tearling slaves. The Queen of the Tearling series also includes The Invasion of the Tearling and the upcoming The Fate of the Tearling.
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If you have not read George R.R. Martin's books as yet, the five published so far are:

Game of Thrones A Clash of Kings A Storm of Swords A Feast for Crows A Dance with Dragons

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If you prefer to watch the television series, there are five seasons so far.  They are:

Season 1 Season 2 Season 3 Season 4 Season 5

 

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Chernobyl 30 Years Later

April 25, 2016 | Andrea | Comments (2)

Today marks the 30th anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster. On April 26, 1986, a reactor at the nuclear power plant in Pripyat exploded, spreading radioactive material across Ukraine and the rest of the continent, the effects and ramifications of which are still plainly seen and keenly felt. A great deal of the conversation during Earth Month revolves around preservation, sustainability and preparing for tomorrow, and nothing throws the future into more devastating relief than looking to the past. The fragility and resilience of life is demonstrated in Chernobyl's cataclysmic wake, but danger remains: the seeping radiation, and more nebulous threats posed by bureaucracy and greed. Today, a new steel sarcophagus nears completion and a government-sanctioned wildlife preserve is in the works, but rebuilding efforts are hindered by political turmoil and illegal logging, fishing and poaching. Learn more about the current situation in this Scientific American article.

Telling stories about terrible events can help fulfill a human need to understand, process and move on from tragedy. Here are four books, both fiction and non-fiction, covering the incident at Chernobyl and its aftermath in different ways:
 

All That Is Solid Melts Into Air by Darragh McKeon   Visit Sunny Chernobyl by Andrew Blackwell   Voices from Chernobyl by Svetlana Aleksievich   Wolves Eat Dogs by Martin Cruz Smith



All That Is Solid Melts Into Air by Darragh McKeon 

The lives of a surgeon, a dissident and a child piano prodigy converge when the incident at Chernobyl sets the world aflame and burns away everything they thought they knew. This literary debut novel is a coming of age story, a romance and a work of historical fiction mapping the decline of the Soviet Union and the plight and suffering of its people. 


Visit Sunny Chernobyl, and Other Adventures in the World's Most Polluted Places by Andrew Blackwell

When you think of environmental tourism, the Great Pacific garbage patch probably isn't the first destination to come to mind. Blackwell takes his readers off the beaten path, journeying to some the most polluted places on Earth, including a computer recycling plant in China, a poisonous river in India, and even the tar sands of Canada. Described as "a love letter to our biosphere's most tainted, most degraded ecosystems," this unusual travelogue/guidebook explores the uglier aspects of our planet, including Chernobyl's Exclusion Zone. (Yes, it's open to sightseers!) Read more about the day tours in this article from The Guardian. The less adventurous can opt for a virtual reality tour, as the BBC reports here

Voices from Chernobyl by Svetlana Alexievich

Alexievich, a Belarusian journalist who won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2015, listened to the stories of hundreds of people whose lives were shattered by the disaster and recounts them in this harrowing book. The interviews, compiled in monologue form, are intensely personal and offer a heartbreaking look at a turning point in history through the eyes of villagers, scientists, teachers, soldiers, firefighters, politicians — all citizens, all people, all irrevocably changed by Chernobyl. 



Wolves Eat Dogs by Martin Cruz Smith

World-weary detective Arkady Renko investigates the death of a Russian billionaire who seemingly committed suicide. But why was radioactive salt found at the scene? The mystery leads Renko into the ghost town of Chernobyl's Exclusion Zone, contaminated but still inhabited by scientists, scavengers and other shady characters. An eerie atmosphere and the underlying conspiracy make for a gripping read.


Other Earth Month-related posts:
Cli-Fi, A Fiction Genre for Climate Change
Fragile Planet: DVDs for the Weekend
Our Fragile Planet: Magazines to the Rescue
It’s Earth Month

2016 Baileys Women's Prize Shortlist

April 12, 2016 | Book Buzz | Comments (0)

The Baileys Women's Prize shortlist was announced on April 12, 2016. Six books are competing to win the prestigious award which will be revealed on June 8. The winning author receives £30000 and a bronze sculpture.

This year's finalists are:

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Glorious Heresies by Lisa McInerney

The Green Road by Anne Enright
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Improbability of Love by Hannah Rothschild
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A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara
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The Portable Veblen by Elizabeth McKenzie
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Ruby by Cynthia Bond
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For April Fools Day: Books About Pranks Gone Wrong

April 1, 2016 | Kelli | Comments (0)

Many people celebrate April 1st, otherwise known as April Fools' Day, by playing practical jokes on friends and family. The joke is revealed by calling out "April Fools", which is hopefully followed by lots of laughter by everyone.

Sometimes even respected broadcasters, such as the BBC, get in on the fun. On April 1, 1957, the BBC aired a short documentary on the Swiss Spaghetti Harvest. As spaghetti was still new to the UK, and given the fact that the short report was aired by a respected broadcaster, many people were fooled by the hoax.   

Here is the April 1, 1957 report on the Swiss Spaghetti Harvest by the BBC:

Some consider this the best April Fools joke ever. 

Practical jokes are not always so tame as the BBC's fake documentary. Here are some novels where pranks have had unexpected consequences:   

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April Fool Dead: A Death on Demand Mystery by Carolyn G. Hart
Annie Darling, owner of the Death on Demand bookshop, has created an ingenious promotional scheme for the upcoming visit by mystery author Emma Clyde. Offering a free book to anyone who can solve a series of clues about popular whodunits, she distributes flyers all over town. She soon discovers that a prankster has created a counterfeit flyer, offering clues to several lethal local "accidents" that have occurred lately, including the drowning of Ms. Clydes own husband.
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Dead simple by Peter James 
It was meant to be a harmless stag night practical joke. Michael Harrison's friends decide to celebrate his upcoming marriage by burying him alive (with a breathing tube and a walkie-talkie) for a couple hours. When the friends are killed by an oncoming vehicle shortly after leaving Michael buried, Detective Superintendent Roy Grace is called in to find the missing groom.

 

The keep by Jennifer Egan
After two decades apart, two cousins, Howard and Danny, are brought together to work on the renovation of an isolated and creepy medieval castle.  Their estrangement was caused by a cruel prank when they were kids and Danny is worried that Howard has never forgiven him. 
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The Longings of Wayward Girls by Karen Brown
When she was 13, Sadie and her best friend Betty were always getting into mischief. That is until they played a prank on another girl who subsequently disappeared. Twenty years later, the disappearance is still unsolved. After a boy from her neighbourhood returns to town, Sadie is forced to relive that summer as the mystery begins to unravel. 
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Robert B. Parker's Kickback by Ace Atkins
When Dillon Yates set up a prank Twitter account for his vice principal, he didn't expect to be brought up on criminal charges. In Blackburn, Massachusetts, Judge Joe Scali has a zero tolerance for minors getting into trouble. Dillon's mother, who knows other Blackburn kids who are doing hard time for minor infractions, is determined to protect her son from the same fate and hires Spenser to find the truth behind Judge Scali's harsh sentencing.
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The Man Booker International Prize Longlist

March 24, 2016 | Book Buzz | Comments (0)

When it was created in 2005, the Man Booker International Prize was awarded every two years to an author from any country, for their entire body of work, as long as their writing was available in English. Canadian writer Alice Munro won the prize in 2009.

Changes were made after the Man Booker Prize, previously restricted to writers from Commonwealth countries, Zimbabwe and Ireland, expanded its focus to authors around the world. In 2015, the Man Booker International Prize announced that it would merge with the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize and "encourage more publishing and reading of quality works in translation". 

Beginning in 2016, the International Prize will now be presented for a single work that has been translated into English. The £50,000 prize is shared between the author and translator. 

This is the 2016 longlist:

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A Cup of Rage by Raduan Nassar, translated from the Portuguese by Stefan Tobler

Death by Water by Kenzaburō Ōe, translated from the Japanese by Deborah Boliver Boehm
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The Four Books by Yan Lianke, translated from the Chinese by Carlos Rojas
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A General Theory of Oblivion by José Eduardo Agualusa, translated from the Portuguese by Daniel Hahn

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Ladivine by Marie NDiaye, translated from the French by Jordan Stump

Man Tiger by Eka Kurniawan, translated from the Indonesian by Labodalih Sembiring
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Mend the Living by Maylis de Kerangal, translated from the French by Jessica Moore
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The Story of the Lost Child by Elena Ferrante, translated from the Italian by Ann Goldstein
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A Strangeness in My Mind by Orhan Pamuk, translated from the Turkish by Ekin Oklap
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Tram 83 by Fiston Mwanza Mujila, translated from the French by Roland Glasser

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The Vegetarian by Han Kang, translated from the Korean by Deborah Smith

White Hunger by Aki Ollikainen, translated from the Finnish by Emily Jeremiah and Fleur Jeremiah
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A Whole Life by Robert Seethaler, translated from the German by Charlotte Collins

A shortlist will be announced in April and the winner will be presented in May. 

2016 Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction Longlist

March 21, 2016 | Book Buzz | Comments (0)

The Baileys Women's Prize longlist was revealed on March 8, 2016. Twenty books were nominated from both big names including Geraldine Brooks and Kate Atkinson and from debut novelists like Becky Chambers who used a Kickstarter campaign to finance her novel, The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet. Petina Gappah is the first Zimbabwean author nominated for the award. Gappah, who works as a trade lawyer in Geneva, Switzerland, is planning to quit her day job and write full time. 

This year's finalists are:

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Anatomist's Dream by Clio Gray
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At Hawthorn Time by Melissa Harrison

The Book of Memory by Petina Gappah
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Dictionary of Mutual Understanding by Jackie Copleton
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Girl at War by Sara Nović
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Glorious Heresies by Lisa McInerney

A God in Ruins by Kate Atkinson
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Gorsky by Vesna Goldsworthy

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The Green Road by Anne Enright
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The House at the Edge of the World by Julia Rochester
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Improbability of Love by Hannah Rothschild
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A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara
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The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers

My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout
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Pleasantville by Attica Locke
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The Portable Veblen by Elizabeth McKenzie
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Ruby by Cynthia Bond
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Rush Oh! by Shirley Barrett

The Secret Chord by Geraldine Brooks
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Whispers Through a Megaphone by Rachel Elliott
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 A shortlist of six titles will be released on April 11 and the winner will be announced on June 8, 2016.

Get Over It on March 9

March 9, 2016 | M. Elwood | Comments (1)

This is the latest in my seemingly endless series on crazy holidays that I connect in a tenuous way to books. Here we go:

Today is Get Over It Day, a holiday invented in 2005 by a man who was having trouble moving on after breaking up with his girlfriend. It is intended to be a day when people meet adversity with humour. 

These books about revenge would be a lot shorter if their characters had celebrated Get Over it Day.

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Charlie Johnson in the Flames by Michael Ignatieff
In 1998, while covering a story in Kosovo, war correspondent Charlie Johnson is shattered by the violent death of a woman who had given him shelter. Unable to cope with his guilt, he begins a quest for both vengeance and absolution.

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In Lisbon to escape his failing relationship, a journalist discovers that the photographer he is working with is having an affair with the same woman. He decides that breaking her heart by having the photographer fall in love with someone else is his best chance for revenge. 

The Little Friend by Donna Tartt
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The unsolved murder of nine-year-old Robin Cleve Dusfresnes destroys his family. Now 12 years later, his sister Harriet, only a baby at the time of the crime, decides that the best way to rectify the damage is to solve the crime.

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When a bombing kills their grandparents, twin brothers set out to avenge the deaths but must make a devastating sacrifice in the process.

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Scrapper by Matt Bell
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While salvaging for scrap metal in an abandoned building, a man finds instead a kidnapped child and, after the police fail to find the perpetrators, vows to solve the crime himself and exact revenge.

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Charlie and Eli Sisters are gunslingers instructed to hunt down and kill a man who has turned against their employer. As the task proves difficult, Eli begins to question the necessity of their task. Winner of the Rogers Writer's Trust Fiction Prize, Governor General's English Fiction Prize and the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour. 

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Young sweethearts Fiona and Joe plan to open their own shop one day but tragic events (including Jack the Ripper!) force them apart. Fleeing to New York to save her life, Fiona becomes a successful business woman but never stops planning revenge against the people responsible for ruining her life.

The Third Child by Marge Piercy
Melissa is lost and neglected between her politically important parents and her overachieving siblings. At university, finally free of her difficult home life, she begins an affair with a student destined to horrify her family; however she is unaware that the young man is planning retribution against her family for reasons of his own.

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