Friday, February 24, 2006


In Cold Blood (1965) / Truman Capote
A nonfiction classic written in a novelistic prose style.

Tokyo Cancelled (2005) / Rana Dasgupta
Not exactly a novel in the real sense of the word, more like a cycle of stories told by a group of travellers stranded in an airport.

Fruit of the Lemon (1999) / Andrea Levy
A wonderful read. A wonderful story of contemporary Britain in all its multicultural flavours.

Never Far From Nowhere (1996) / Andrea Levy

A Thread of Grace (2005) / Mary Doria Russell

Only Say the Word (2005) / Niall Williams

CAPOTE Truman [1924-1984] Southern novelist, short-story writer, journalist, playwright. Born Truman Streckfus Persons (renamed Truman Garcia Capote) in New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S. NOVELS Summer Crossing (2005); Answered Prayers: The Unfinished Manuscript (1986); A Christmas Memory (1956); Other Voices, Other Rooms (1948) NOVELLAS Breakfast at Tiffanys (1958); The Grass Harp (1951) STORIES The Complete Short Stories of Truman Capote (2004); A Tree of Night (1949) PLAYS The Grass Harp (1952); The House of Flowers (1954) NONFICTION Music for Chameleons (1980); The Dogs Bark: Public People and Private Places (1973); In Cold Blood (1965) LETTERS Too Brief a Treat: The Letters of Truman Capote (edited by Gerald Clarke) (2004) MEMOIR A Christmas Memory (1956); The Thanksgiving Visitor (1968); One Christmas TRAVEL The Muses Are Heard (1956); Local Color (1950)

DASGUPTA Rana [1971-] Novelist. Born in Canterbury, England. NOVEL Tokyo Cancelled (2005)

LEVY Andrea [1956-] Novelist. Born in London, England. NOVELS Small Island (2004: winner of the 2005 Orange of the Oranges Prize for Fiction, the 2004 Orange Prize for Fiction, the 2004 Whitbread Award for the Novel and the Book of the Year, the 2005 Commonwealth Writers Prize for Best Book, Eurasia Region, and the overall winner of the 2005 Commonwealth Writers Prize for Best Book; shortlisted for the 2005 National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction); Fruit of the Lemon (1999); Never Far From Nowhere (1996: longlisted for the 1996 Orange Prize for Fiction); Every Light in the House Burnin’ (1994)

DORIA RUSSELL Mary [1950-] Novelist. Born Mary Doria in Chicago, Illinois. NOVELS A Thread of Grace (2005); Children of God (1998); The Sparrow (1996)

WILLIAMS Niall [1958-] Novelist, playwright. Born in Dublin, Ireland. NOVELS Only Say the Word (2005); The Fall of Light (2001); As It Is In Heaven (1999: shortlisted for the 1999 Irish Times Literature Prize); Four Letters of Love (1997) PLAYS The Way You Look Tonight (2000) NONFICTION The Luck of the Irish: Our House in County Clare (with Christine Breen) (1995); The Pipes are Calling: Our Jaunts Through Ireland (with Christine Breen) (1990); When Summer’s in the Meadow (with Christine Breen) (1989); O Come Ye Back to Ireland: Our First Year in County Clare (with Christine Breen) (1988)


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