Less celebratory and certainly less colourful were the spate of books published to mark the 90th anniversary of the armistice that ended World War I. Kavanagh's study of the defected Russian dancer revealed, as one reviewer attested, “a man who danced like a god, but behaved like a violent, voracious beast.” A more likable subject was In her biography of this earlier Russian dancer who enthralled the West, Judith Mackrell brings to life Lopokova's chilly reception among Bloomsbury intellectuals, her stint as a vaudevillian in the U. This galloping art-heist novel enjoyed universal acclaim.Kate Atkinson, a former Whitbread Book of the Year winner, likewise delighted reviewers with her shift away from playful yet acerbic domestic sagas to crime writing.
the provocative novel was an “unadorned portrait of the country as seen from the bottom of the heap,” showing poverty, corruption, and a merciless class system.
Adiga, a first-time novelist, beat the seasoned Indian novelist Amitav Ghosh, whose about a cleric in Newcastle.
Bangladesh-born Tahmima Anam's (2007) was about a 44-year-old novelist returning to his native Sri Lanka after the death of his wife in London.
The widower falls for a 17-year-old Singhalese girl, but their love is disrupted by civil war and its attendant bestiality, torture, suicide bombers, and despair.
In depicting the British through the eyes of this likable character, Tremain intended to overcome prejudice.
As Tremain said, “The moment we become engaged with an individual story, empathy arrives and our attitudes alter.” Chris Cleave's widely lauded second novel was inspired by his experience working at an Immigration Removal Centre in Oxfordshire.
Predictably enough, given the rehearsal of arguments for and against the Orange Prize in recent years, debate about the women-only literary award intensified. Byatt told the (London) that it was sexist and that she forbade her publishers to submit her novels to the award for consideration.
Novelist Tim Lott argued that the award bolstered sales of women's novels in a market that already favoured female writers. The academic John Sutherland claimed that it ghettoized women's literature.
Inspired by classic Russian writers, it received wide attention as an ambitious debut that ultimately failed.
Reviewers noted that its 19th-century style and format were unsuitable for conveying the postmodern fragmentation suffered by its characters.
Tearne followed this with (2007), was short-listed for several major awards and won the 2008 Arts Council England Decibel Award.