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Green Jay



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PostPosted: Sun Jan 16, 2011 4:07 pm    Post subject:  Reply with quote

Castorboy wrote:

I was hoping either Gardam or Lodge would be in the New Year's Honours – maybe the choice of subjects for their novels is not considered 'intellectual' enough for the those who make the recommendations for awards!


Good iea - not that I'm a great fan of honours, but then if someone's getting them, why not the right people? Goodness knows, there's enough non-intellectual people in the list.

And, though Gardam and Lodge do entertain (now there's  dreaded concept) their readers, there are plenty of serious ideas in their work and in the way they have chosen to write their novels. Perfectly intellectual enough. In the profile of Gardam there are a couple of novels I had never heard of, one of which won a major prize, if I remember rightly. I found it very odd as I've followed her work for quite a few years now, that something could sink without trace like that. And The Queen of Tambourine, which I did not get on with, also won a prize. I think she's got 2 Bookers under her belt. My brain...I'll have to go back to the article and look it up  Embarassed  I don't know why she isn't better known and feted -  she was obviously never in the right "gang". And certainly people who've met her at book signings say she is very modest and self-effacing.


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 17, 2011 2:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for mentioning that article, I found it very absorbing – she even finds the time to organise the Sandwich arts festival.
I wonder if the two novels you are unfamiliar with are The Hollow Land and Crusoe's Daughter? The major literary prize may be the Prix Baudelaire for God on the Rocks (courtesy of Wikipedia). The entry also mentions the two Whitbreads she has won and that GOTR was nominated for the Booker.
It is astonishing that she has not been recognised more than the once in the Bookers.

I enjoyed that review of In Another Light so I have put a copy on the Greig author topic. I think we are in good company in admiring talented writers like Gardam and Greig bounce


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 17, 2011 4:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Evie wrote:
Does anyone know what has happened to the paperback of Man in the Wooden Hat?  Surely it should be available by now - Amazon seems inconclusive!

According to the Guardian interview http://www.guardian.co.uk/culture/2011/jan/10/jane-gardam-life-writing it will be published this month.


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 17, 2011 7:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for that, Castorboy - good news.

Definitely another Gardam and Greig fan here!  I ordered a secondhand copy of In Another Light, and it arrived on Saturday, so I hope to read that soon.


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Green Jay



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PostPosted: Mon Jan 17, 2011 5:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Castorboy wrote:
Evie wrote:
Does anyone know what has happened to the paperback of Man in the Wooden Hat?  Surely it should be available by now - Amazon seems inconclusive!

According to the Guardian interview http://www.guardian.co.uk/culture/2011/jan/10/jane-gardam-life-writing it will be published this month.


Thank you for putting that link up. I was just being lazy in suggesting people google it. It was the Whitbread prize that she won twice, and was shortlisted for the Booker prize once.  When you think of writers who make a gaudier reputation on the strength of much flimsier books.

Is the Whitbread now the Costa? Oh, all these drinks firms are confusing me!  Smile  

The Hollow Land was the one I have just never heard of - I will have to see if it is on Amazon.


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 17, 2011 5:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Castorboy wrote:

I enjoyed that review of In Another Light so I have put a copy on the Greig author topic. I think we are in good company in admiring talented writers like Gardam and Greig bounce


Thank you - I don't know how to do that. The book is still reverberating round my mind, even with its flaws.


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 17, 2011 10:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, the Whitbread is now the Costa.  From beer to coffee...sign of the times?  ;0)


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Gul Darr



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PostPosted: Tue Jan 18, 2011 1:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

In Another Light is very good, so you're in for a treat. I must read some more Greig.


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 23, 2011 1:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just to say that  I found the paperback of The Man in the Wooden Hat in Waterstone's the other day - in their 3 for 2 offers, happily!  Even more happily as I had a book token to spend.  :0)


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 23, 2011 3:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ooh, will have to look out for that, Evie. Thanks.



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