Shirley Jackson (Dec 14th 1916 – Aug 8th 1965) was an American author who was thought to be the queen of ghost stories, and while popular during her lifetime, it’s in recent years that she has received special attention from literary critics.
Thought to be an influence on many of today’s authors including Stephen King, Neil Gaiman, Joanne Harris and Richard Matheson, Jackson’s books are sinister, earning her the title the master of the horror tale.
During her life, Jackson wrote many novels and short stories, and if you’d like to try something from the author then today we’re listing what we think are the best Shirley Jackson books that hold up today!
Blackwell’s Book of the Year 2017 is Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls, a book that has really captured the zeitgeist of the women’s movement in 2017. Read More
The annual prize has been running since 1971 and was originally known as the Whitbread Book Awards, until 2007 when Costa Coffee took over sponsorship of the event.
The awards are given to books that not only have high literary merit, but those that are enjoyable to read and whose aim is to convey enjoyment of reading to the widest possible audience. This makes the prize one of the best respected among readers, being much more populist than say the Booker Prize. Read More
The National Book Awards is one of the oldest and most prestigious literary prizes known and each year honours winners in Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, and Young People’s Literature and this year also honoured Annie Proulx, and Richard Robinson, Chairman, President & CEO of Scholastic. Read More
Alys Conran was awarded with three prizes at the awards ceremony including the people’s choice winner. Pigeon is a tale of childhood, growing up and the complications that come with that, and while it’s set on a Welsh hillside, it’s likely to speak to people the world over. Read More