Longlist announced for Independent Foreign Fiction Prize 2013

The 2013 Independent Foreign Fiction Prize longlist has been announced, revealing a globe-spanning selection of sixteen translated titles which will be vying for this year's top prize of £10,000, which is uniquely shared equally between author and … [Read more...]

Aharon Appelfeld wins Independent Foreign Fiction Prize 2012

The winner of this year's Independent Foreign Fiction Prize was announced last night as Aharon Appelfeld, with his Holocaust novel, Blooms of Darkness (Alma Books); translated from the Hebrew by Jeffrey M. Green. Appelfeld's novel, which is based … [Read more...]

Independent Foreign Fiction Prize 2012 shortlist

The shortlist for this year's Independent Foreign Fiction Prize was published this morning, revealing a final line up of six titles which span two centuries of history, and a geography that reaches from Iceland through western Europe, all the way to … [Read more...]

‘Shadow’ Independent Foreign Fiction Prize 2012 shortlist revealed

If you've been following my activities over the past month or so (both here, and on Twitter), then you'll know that I've been busying myself with serving on a 'shadow jury' for this year's Independent Foreign Fiction Prize. The brain child of … [Read more...]

Afterthoughts: Scenes from Village Life by Amos Oz

In a Nutshell: A wonderfully engaging novel from Amos Oz, which explores to some depth the theme of loss and longing, and the eternal search to find that which cannot be found. If you're not a fan of the short form or the ambiguous novel then it … [Read more...]

Forethoughts: Scenes from Village Life by Amos Oz

*Please note, I've now posted my afterthoughts for Scenes from Village Life. And so I take a first tentative step into this year's Independent Foreign Fiction Prize as a 'shadow judge', by reading one of the shortest books on the longlist, … [Read more...]

‘Shadowing’ the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize

So, you would have seen my post earlier today announcing this year's Independent Foreign Fiction Prize longlist? If you did then you might also have caught the hint I gave at the end of that post about having a special announcement to make? Well, … [Read more...]

Rob Reads… The IFFP 2011 shortlist

Well folks, it's that time of year again when the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize shortlist is announced, and If you've been reading RobAroundBooks for a while then you'll know that also around this time I love to moan about how little exposure … [Read more...]

Independent Foreign Fiction Prize 2011 longlist announced

The longlist for this year's Independent Foreign Fiction Prize was announced earlier today. Funded by Arts Council England, and administrated for the first time this year by the Booktrust, the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize is the only UK prize … [Read more...]

Reading Journal: Monday 10th May 2010

Monday may be one of the most depressing days of the week for a lot of people but for me it means Maupassant and I couldn't be happier. Today it was the turn of a couple of tales which are, in a tenuous way, linked by the theme of babies. The first … [Read more...]