Cormac McCarthy's THE ROAD up for Best Novel of the Century


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  • 22 Oct 2012 at 4:23 pm #2260

    Richard L.

    The links are here:
    Six authors from the past century have been shortlisted for the best ever winner of Britain’s oldest book award.
    Angela Carter, Graham Greene, James Kelman, Cormac McCarthy, Muriel Spark and Caryl Phillips are in the running for the James Tait Black accolade.

    The Best of the Best of the James Tait Black Prize will honour the best loved novel to have won the award since it was created in 1919.

    The winning book will be announced in December.

    The award has been created to celebrate the 250th anniversary of English literature study at the University of Edinburgh.

    The shortlist was selected by academics and students of literature at the university, and the winner will be chosen by a judging panel including broadcaster Kirsty Wark and award-winning author and writer in residence at the university, Alan Warner.

    Publisher’s widow

    The six books competing for the prize are: Nights At The Circus by Angela Carter; The Heart Of The Matter by Graham Greene; A Disaffection by James Kelman; The Road by Cormac McCarthy, Crossing The River by Caryl Phillips and The Mandlebaum Gate by Muriel Spark.

    Regius Professor Greg Walker, chair of the James Tait Black Prizes, said: “This best of the best award is a wonderful opportunity to revisit some of the best writers in the literary canon.

    01 Nov 2012 at 8:26 am #2289

    Well, well. I feel sorta validated, having some time ago praised The Road as McCarthy’s best. I’ll feel even more so¬† if it wins. It’s certainly better than the books by Greene and Kelman. I don’t know the others, but my money’s on Cormac.


    01 Nov 2012 at 2:59 pm #2293

    Rick Wallach

    Mine would be too if my retirement portfolios weren’t barely dribbling interest income these days.

    01 May 2013 at 8:51 am #3353

    I just found this article when I was hunting down plagiarism. (Sigh.) I don’t agree about the film, but it is interesting to see the case being made for The Road to replace Lord of the Flies as a curricular standard in high school.

    02 May 2013 at 1:21 pm #3354


    Anyone read Hanna Boguta-Marchel’s recent work on McCarthy? From what I read on’s preview it looks really good. First expensive piece of crit that I’ve purchased in 5 years. I’m looking forward to reading it.

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    12 Sep 2013 at 12:18 pm #3966

    Richard L.
    13 Sep 2013 at 11:06 am #3972

    Candy Minx

    WOW!!! I think that colour spectrum is absolutely brilliant. I actually think they would make amazing posters…and I wonder if she’ll ever print them for sale?

    However…I might also agree with something mentioned by the woman who made these…that they be made in the sequential order of the novel…but then they might become crazy whimsical stripes. The stripes way too rainbowy…in the way she has put the coloured bars together it is a lot of fun to look at the ratio of one colour to another …I’m super geeked about these. I might print out THE ROAD square and THE WIZARD of OZ.

    Mike, how was the book you bought on McCarthy by Hanna Boguta-Michel…looked like some pretty heavy examinations…

    Nell, I think that’s a great idea offering THE ROAD as curriculum change.

    I am amazed at how many lines from the novel are being quoted in online site Goodreads. Way ore it seems than his other novels. Seeing them in that context…standing on their own really says a lot to me about the high emotional quality of the book.

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