What's A.L. Kennedy reading?

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The International Festival of Authors (IFOA) just wrapped at Harbourfront Centre in Toronto. CBC Books got in touch with some of the writers who will be appearing at the festival to find out what recent read they'd like to recommend.



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Scotland's A. L. Kennedy took part in a panel discussion on Saturday, October 27, and will be reading the following day. She's the author of two books of non-fiction, five short story collections and six novels, including Day, which won the Costa Book of the Year in 2007. She has twice been named to Granta magazine's annual list of "Best of Young British Novelists." Her latest novel is The Blue Book, which is a finalist for the Orange Prize. It's the story of Beth, who's on a cruise across the Atlantic with her boyfriend, Derek. To her dismay, she finds out that her former partner, with whom she shares a dodgy past, is also on the ship.


When asked to recommend a recent favourite read, A. L. Kennedy had this to say:


" That's hard to narrow down. I really loved Umbrella by Will Self, likewise Narcopolis by Jeet Thayil. Right now I am reading and loving The Raw Shark Texts by Steven Hall."


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