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Amaryllis’ Choice

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Amazingly, in these unpredictable times, The Booker longlist was released a week ago. Much as I like to be the voice of the people in these matters, I am confounded by the number of books on it that I haven’t read due to altered release dates and also the number of debuts on the list – 8 in total! This seems slightly bizarre to me. I obviously can’t comment on how good or not they are but I thought recognition by the Booker marked a certain pinnacle in an author’s works (not to be confused with a lifetime achievement award even though the actual book nominated is not the author’s best…) They may all be outstanding but it seems a bit early on in a career to have reached that point with one’s first novel… However, I am excited to give them a go and am ready to eat my large, floppy sunhat!

You can find all the books on our homepage and share your views on the longlist here. Let’s start a conversation that isn’t about a virus or Brexit!

I have actually been on a reading high recently. These books have helped restore my faith in humanity which is being sorely tried by the sight of the litter on the beaches recently! I return home from walks spent picking up a small percentage ready to weep enough to rival Alice’s Pool of Tears. So my picks this week are:

About Amaryllis


Amaryllis is our bookshop blogger.


Her pen name is taken from Alice Thomas Ellis’ Other Side of the Fire, which is unfortunately and scandalously out of print. One of the funniest bits in the book is the bodice-ripper that one of the characters is writing and the female - who slays the men with one toss of her raven locks and one glance from her fiery green eyes as she strides among the glens, faithful wolfhound by her side - is Amaryllis! And the name just seemed to suit so here we are.

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