The Daphne Awards

One of my favorite book review sites announced a new award relatively recently, the Daphne. While I like the concept behind this particular award, I wanted to wait to pass judgement until the shortlist for the first year was announced.

The shortlist is out now.

In brief, the Daphne, in its various categories, rewards those books that were eligible for literary prizes in 1964 (and were therefore published in 1963) with the title of the best book published 50 years ago. The award is intended to recognize genius that just wasn’t obvious when a book first came out. And let’s be honest: a lot of really good books take time to become popular.

I’m going to need to do some reading to catch up with this list, but I also see some familiar favorites here.

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