The CWA Ellis Peters 2011 an update

Posted: November 22, 2011 in Book Awards, Historical

With only nine days until the announcement of the winner of the CWA Ellis Peters Award, I have realised that I will not be able to read all the books on the shortlist. Luckily Professor Rob Kitchin who blogs at The View from the Blue House has read the other three books, and here are links to his excellent reviews.

The Somme Stations by Andrew Martin

The Hanging Shed by Gordon Ferris

The Red Coffin by Sam Eastland

And below to my own reviews of the remaining books.

Prince by Rory Clements

The Cleansing Flames by Roger Morris

Island of Bones by Imogen Robertson

Rob gives The Hanging Shed: Gordon Ferris his highest mark; and I think The Cleansing Flames: R.N.Morris with its blend of humour, philosophy and tension is a winner over Island of Bones by a short metatarsal. 

But  will the judges have other ideas? They do love their Tudors. 

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Comments
  1. Maxine says:

    The Tudors are so popular aren’t they? What with them and WW2, what do our younger generation know about the broad sweep of history? Thanks for these links and have noted your tip for the winner, which is likely to be more to my taste than the actual one (unless they coincide!). You and Prof Kitchen are a classy double-act!

  2. Still hoping that Roger wins…

  3. Norman says:

    Thanks Maxine, I think i would need a reconditioned brain to be a double-act with Prof Rob. 😉

    Rhian, I really hope something other than a modern WWII or Tudor book wins this time.

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