Bristol Novel 2017

This page contains a link to all the information and posts about the Bristol Novel project.

The methodology for the Bristol Novel has changed as the tournament faced challenges that made it an unattractive process in the end. I won’t be comparing novels for the time being, but instead will be writing about each author and book or books.

The idea for a Bristol book tournament came to me after I saw that the LA times were hosting one for the best LA book and I thought if they can do it then so can we. There’s a little more background at this link which I put together nearly a year ago now. The final count of books on the list is 64 and the countdown and review period starts this week, July 2014.

I have sorted the books into eight groups of eight in line with seedings and genre where I could identify them. The groups are here.

The alphabetical list of Bristol Novels

 

  1. Ames, Laurel – Castaway (1993)
  2. Archer, Jeffrey – Only Time Will Tell (2011)
  3. Barnes, Julian – The Sense of An Ending (2011)
  4. Benatar, Stephen – Wish Her Safe at Home (1982)
  5. Bouzane, Lillian – In the Hands of the Living God (1999)
  6. Boyce, Lucienne – To the Fair Land (2012)
  7. Brown, Chris – Guilty Tiger, Bovver (2002) (Tangent Books)
  8. Burgess, Melvyn – Smack (or Junk) (2010)
  9. Burney, Fanny – Evelina (1778)
  10. Butler Hallett , Michelle – Deluded Your Sailors (2011)
  11. Butler, Paul – Cupids (2010)
  12. Byrne, Eugene – Things Unborn (2001)
  13. Carter, Angela – ‘The Bristol Trilogy’ (link):Shadow Dance (1966), Several Perceptions (1968) and Love (1971)
  14. Carver, Caroline – Gone Without Trace (2007)
  15. Clarke, Roz and Hall, Joanne (Ed)- Colinthology (2012)
  16. Cusk, Rachel – Arlington Park (2010)
  17. Darby, Andrea – The Husband Who Refused To Die (2017)
  18. Douglas, Louise – In Her Shadow (2012)
  19. Dunmore, Helen – Birdcage Walk (2017) (Hutchinson/Penguin Random House)
  20. English, Lucy – Selfish People (1998).
  21. Ferguson, Patricia – Peripheral Vision (2007); the Midwife’s Daughter (2012)
  22. Filer, Nathan – The Shock of the Fall (2013)
  23. Flood, C.J. – Infinite Sky (2013)
  24. Freeman, Anna – The Fair Fight (2014)
  25. Godwin, John – Children of the Wave (2010)
  26. Gregory, Philippa – A Respectable Trade (1995)
  27. Tessa Hadley – Clever Girl (2013) (Trip Fiction)
  28. Hall, Joanne (ed) – Airship Shape & Bristol Fashion (2014)
  29. Hall, M.R. – The Coroner (Jenny Cooper 1) (2009)
  30. Hardy, Jules – Altered Land (2002)
  31. Harvey, Colin (Ed.) – Future Bristol (2009)
  32. Harvey, Colin (Ed.)- Dark Spires (2010)
  33. Hayder, Mo — Jack Caffery series – Birdman (2000); The Treatment (2002); Ritual (2008); Skin (2009); Gone (2010); Poppet (2012); Wolf (2014);
  34. Johnson, Jeannie (pseudonym of Lizzie Lane) – A Penny for Tomorrow (2003).
  35. Le Carre, John – Our Game (1995)
  36. Lane, Lizzie – Wartime Brides(2012)
  37. Lee, Jonathan – Who is Mr Satoshi (2010)
  38. Lewis,Robert – The Last Llanelli Train (2005)
  39. Lewis, Susan – The Choice (2010)
  40. Mackintosh, Clare – I Let You Go (2015); I see You (2016).
  41. Manson, Mike – Where’s My Money (2009)
  42. Marshall, Emma (1830-1899) – inc. Bristol Bells (the story of Chatterton), Under the Mendips, In Colston’s Days and Bristol Diamonds
  43. Mason, Sarah – Playing James (2003)
  44. Maughan, Tim – Paintwork (2011)
  45. Mayhew, Daniel – Life and How to Live it (2004).
  46. McNeill, Fergus – Eye Contact (2012); Knife Edge (2013); Cut Out (2014)
  47. Moate, Jari – Paradise Now (2010)
  48. Mitchell, Diane – Tainted Legacy (2012)
  49. Moggach, Deborah – These Foolish Things (2005), You must be sisters (1978)
  50. Myles, Josephine – Pole Star (2012)
  51. Newell, J. Paul – Making a Mark (2017)
  52. Nichols, David – Starter for Ten (2004)
  53. Nicholson, Christopher – The Elephant Keeper (2009)
  54. O’Brien, Maureen – Dead Innocent (2004)
  55. Prowse, Philip – Bristol Murder (2008)
  56. Random, Bert – Spannered (2011)
  57. Rowbotham, Michael – Shatter (2009)
  58. Sheers, Owen – Pink Mist (2013)
  59. Smith, Zadie –  Martha and Hanwell  (2005)
  60. Smollett, Tobias – The Expedition of Humphry Clinker (1771)
  61. Steen,Marguerite – The Sun Is My Undoing (1941)
  62. Stevenson, Robert Louis – Treasure Island (1883)
  63. Stuart, Keith – A Boy Made of Blocks (2016)
  64. Trewavas, Ed – Shawnie (2006).
  65. Wakling, Chris – The Devil’s Mask (2011)
  66. White, Tony – Missorts Volume II (2013)
  67. Wright, Ellington – Heartman (2014)
  68. Young, E.H. – The Misses Mallett (1922). William – A Novel (1946)

Previous Bristol Novel Methodology

The methodology for the Bristol Novel has changed as the tournament faced challenges that made it an unattractive process in the end. I won’t be comparing novels for the time being, but instead will be writing about each author and book or books.

he order of play is on this post and I will add links to the reviews as they happen.

Week 1: Heartman by M.P. Wright vs Colinthology by editors Roz Clarke and Jo Hall.
Week 2: The Shock of the Fall by Nathan Filer vs The Choice by Susan Lewis.
Week 3: The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes vs Dark Skies by C.J. Flood.
Week 4: Bristol Bells vs Where’s My Money?
Week 5: The Fair Fight vs The Accidental Proposal
Week 6: Eye Contact vs Airship Shape and Bristol Fashion

3 responses to “Bristol Novel 2017

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  2. BBC TV are making a programme The Books that Made Britain. For Bristol they have chosen: Treasure Island, Respectable Trade, Junk and Where’s My Money? The programme is scheduled to be aired 16 October 2016.

    • Thank you for letting me know! I’m looking forward to seeing what they say about them. It will also give me the chance to read Junk, which I haven’t touched yet. They made an excellent choice with Where’s My Money?.

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