Why can’t the English…

This post was written by guest blogger Susan Ramsey.

They have prestigious prizes no one has heard of.

They have level-the-playing-field awards.

This year they have small prizes and large won by
the same person, along with faint praise:

I don’t know if Small Island is the best book of 2004 … but the juries are to be congratulated, I think, on doing the one thing that such panels can always do: namely, identifying the right book for the historical moment.

(Um, thanks, John. And “90% of everything is crap” is Sturgeon’s Law, thenk you veddy much.)

And oh, my, do they know how to kick up a stink.

What’s all the fuss? I mean, it’s not like it’s Brad and Jennifer.


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