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Not Quite Back to the Forward

10/10/2007

The sharp eyed among you will have noticed that, despite previous posts on the Forward prize shortlists, I’ve not yet commented on the results. The main reason for this, aside from the usual time pressures, is that so far I’ve read only one of the shortlisted collections in each of the book lists–John Burnside’s Gift Songs and Daljit Nagra’s Look We Have Coming to Dover!, which won the first-collection prize–and, until I have at least a couple of the other books under my belt for comparison’s sake, I don’t feel qualified to comment on whether I think the winners were the most worthy. I’m currently reading Luke Kennard‘s The Harbour Beyond the Movie; no distance through it yet, but hugely impressed thus far. Sean O’Brien’s winning The Drowned Book is high on the to-be-read pile. I’ll be back to this topic, time permitting.

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