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Andrew McMillan is one of several of our recent winners and shortlistees to have had new books published recently.

Out in August was a second volume of poems, playtime, from the young poet who was shortlisted in 2016 for Physical. Reviewing the new collection in The Sunday Times, Jeremy Noel-Tod called the book “both tender and steely”. ” His distinctive style of free verse, gapped with extra space, embodies a mood of tentative exploration. Phrases and rhythms pause as they feel their way forward, like Tetris blocks not quite lining up, until suddenly they lock into resonance.” You can read Jeremy’s full review here.

Also published this summer was Sally Rooney‘s second novel, Normal People.  Rooney won the award last year for her first novel, Conversations with Friends, and has now seen her second novel, Normal People, which was published in late August, longlisted for this year’s Man Booker Prize. You can read The Sunday Times’s review of her new novel here.

And you can catch up here with two other Sunday Times reviews of new books by recent shortlistees – Benjamin Wood’s A Station on the Path to Somewhere Better is here , and Claire North’s 84K is here.


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Read all the latest book reviews at thesundaytimes.co.uk/books



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