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January 9, 2013

Hatchet Job of the Year shortlist lines up sharpest reviews

Book critics’ fiercest judgments contend for award promoting ‘integrity and wit in literary journalism’.

By Alison Flood

Zoë Heller’s excoriating judgment on Salman Rushdie’s “magisterial amour propre” in his memoir Joseph Anton is up against a dismissal of Martin Amis’s latest novel as “ambling years behind The Situation and the Kardashians” in the competition for the Hatchet Job of the Year award.Launched last year by The Omnivore website, the prize is intended to “promote integrity and wit in literary journalism” by rewarding “the angriest, funniest, most trenchant book review of the past 12 months”, with the winning critic taking home a golden hatchet and a year’s supply of potted shrimp.

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  1. Reblogged this on LibraryDenizens and commented:
    Bookblurb posted this article on The Omnivore’s annual prize for the most skewering of book reviews published in 2012. Did any of the books you read this last year deeply mislead or disappoint you? Did it beg for a Hatchet Job review? How did it evade your expectations when you picked it up?


    Comment by librarydenizen — January 11, 2013 @ 9:50 pm

  2. I love a good review, Cathy. Especially a good review of bad writing…


    Comment by Colleen — January 12, 2013 @ 5:04 am

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