And the award goes to…

Well that’s it for 2014. What another fantastic year for books!

Here are my winners, carefully chosen from all the fabulous books that I have read this year (not necessarily published in 2014)

See you in 2015 bookworms!

THE SOUTHSEA BOOKWORM BEST FICTION PRIZE:

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1. Speaking From Among The Bones by Alan Bradley

2. Man at The Helm by Nina Stibbe

3. The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer

THE SOUTHSEA BOOKWORM BEST NON-FICTION PRIZE:

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1. Love, Nina by Nina Stibbe

2. The Richard Burton Diaries by Richard Burton

3. Travels with Epicurus by Daniel Klein

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A legend’s tale

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A DIFFERENT SHADE OF GREEN: THE ALAN McLOUGHLIN STORY

WITH BRYCE EVANS

Earlier this month I attended a fans evening at Fratton Park in honour of Portsmouth F.C and Irish football legend, Alan ‘Macca’ McLoughlin. The midfielder and current first team coach was hugely popular with supporters many of whom were packed in for an interesting Q+A and queued up to have the legend sign a copy of his book. It was nice to see him happy and relaxed and looking well after his recent terrifying battle with cancer.

However, just days later Macca was mysteriously sacked by Pompey. It came as a real shock to me, the fans and probably to himself and his family but as his book here goes to show, that’s all part and parcel of a turbulent, unpredictable life in football.

A Different Shade of Green is a rollercoaster tale of a proud sporting career. Brilliantly written by Bryce Evans this is no run of the mill account of wags, booze and trophies. Instead it is a look back with an intelligent eye over an eventful international career with Ireland, the good times and bad times with his predominant clubs – Swindon Town and Portsmouth F.C – and his obvious devotion to family life.

From the devastation of being let go by Manchester United as a teenager to meeting the Pope as part of the Italia ’90 Irish squad, Macca has experienced the many highs and lows of a footballing life and it’s a fascinating read.
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Earth is the loneliest planet of all*

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THE HUMANS BY MATT HAIG

The Humans is quite simply one of those novels that you wish you had written. Remarkably inventive, heart-warming, very funny and gripping right up to the last page. Matt Haig’s fifth book is really something special.

One Friday night Professor Andrew Martin is found walking naked through the streets of Cambridge. He feels lost amongst his new species. He is repulsed by human food, clothes, their appearance – and even by his wife and teenage son. In fact he hates everyone and everything except his dog, Newton.

But as he sets about the tasks that he has been sent to Earth to complete, he gradually starts to change his mind about the human race. Haig uses this fantastic story to explore what it is to love and be human and all that is weird and wonderful about that. Like looking at our planet through an outer body experience (from outer space). Continue reading