This section was originally designed to let readers get an idea of what A.L. Kennedy’s books are like and what the critical reception for them has been. As time has gone by – and journalistic standards have become perhaps a little more wibbly – this section seemed to turn into a Wall of Shame. Or, as we like to see it, an opportunity for reviewers to sample the joy which is being reviewed for their very own personal selves.
A.L. Kennedy is now translated into more than a dozen languages, but we’re sorry that we can’t quite keep up with foreign language reviews.
Lack of time – and a certain distaste for the media’s self-obsession - meant that this section closed for a while on the old website. After the deluge of coverage in response to the Costa Prize win and special pleading from Tim Martin in The Telegraph – his pleading and specialness are both here, if you want a gander http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/books/3670427/Endpaper.html - we are up and running again. Who knew that being bitch-slapped in a virtual manner would be such a turn on for so many typists. Well, we aim to please… or something.
First, you’ll find book reviews and then – always my favourite, in the way that eating uranium while fondling Jeremy Clarkson would be my favourite - reviews of the author.
"The Blue Book" will be out as a paperback at some point in August and we'll let you have a look at the new cover as soon as possible.
We don't want to give too much away at this point, but we can say that "The Blue Book" is a love story and involves a fake medium.
And hello to all those of you who find it tautological to put the word fake in front of the word medium.
More will be revealed later, as they say, and meanwhile you can go to this link http://www.lannan.org/lf/rc/event/a-l-kennedy/ to hear ALK reading from the novel and chatting in Santa Fe with those very nice Lannan Foundation people.
Here is the hardback cover for "What Becomes" - image created by the excellent gentleman and photographer, Kevin Low. You may wish to order a copy from the splendid WORDPOWER bookshop. Or feel free to make your own arrangements for purchase and delighted posession. Below you can read an extract of the cover blurb, kindly provided by Jonathan Cape.
I’m still not listing reviews for DAY – It won a Saltire Award, the Costa Prize, the Eifel Literaturpreis, the Austrian State Prize For International Literature and helped me get a Lannan Award – so bits of it are probably quite good, although some people have trouble with the first 50 pages or so.
Through the wonders of the Interweb, you can hear me reading from Day and answering questions about it, courtesy of the fine people at the Edinburgh International Book Festival and Ramona Koval of the ABC. So then you can make up your own mind.
So I Am Glad
Jennifer M. Wilson
has decided to become a voice. A professional enunciator, an announcer,
a voice-over artist, she has retreated into a world of words.
This book will be about people who risk death
for a living. Whatever you or I think of how and why they do this,
are making that commitment every working day- a commitment which I am
pointing out I know that I can't equal...
Hannah Luckraft knows the taste of paradise. It’s hidden in the peace of open country, it’s sweet on her lover’s skin, it flavours every drink she’s ever taken, but it never seems to stay.
Almost forty and with nothing to show for it, even Hannah is starting to notice that her lifestyle is not entirely sustainable:
The twelve stories
in Indelible Acts are variations on a theme of longing - the unassuagable
human need for contact, for completion, for that most fugitive gift
Everything You Need
Staples is comsumed by loathing and love in equal measures.He is sustained
only by his passionate devotion to his estranged wife, Maura, and their
teenage daughter, Mary -
The stories in
Original Bliss are concerned, appropriately, with the complexities
of sex and the lack of it. Whether in Copenhagen or New York City,
in the close confines of a TV
Looking for the Possible Dance
Hamilton was educated in Scotland. She was born there too. These
may not have been the best possible options, but they were the only
ones on offer at the time.
Although her father did his best,
Night Geometry & the Garscadden Trains
first collection of short stories shows a talented individual at work.
are often alone and sometimes lonely as they ponder the mysteries of sex,
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