The Best Bad Book Reviews of the Year

Electric Lit relies on contributions from our readers to help make literature more exciting, relevant, and inclusive. Please support our work by becoming a member today, or making a one-time donation here.

The Omnivore has announced the shortlist for The Hatchet Job of the Year, a distinction thrust upon “the writer of the angriest, funniest, most trenchant book review of the past twelve months.”

The shortlisted reviewers are:

Craig Brown on Distant Intimacy: A Friendship in the Age of the Internet by Frederic Raphael and Joseph Epstein, The Mail on Sunday
Rachel Cooke on Strictly Ann: The Autobiography by Ann Widdecombe, The Observer
Lucy Ellmann on Worst. Person. Ever. by Douglas Coupland, The Guardian
A A Gill on Autobiography by Morrissey, The Sunday Times
Peter Kemp on The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt, The Sunday Times
Frederic Raphael on A Delicate Truth by John le Carré, The TLS
David Sexton on The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton, London Evening Standard
Hedley Twidle on The Last Train to Zona Verde by Paul Theroux, New Statesman

For more “best of” book reviewing, don’t miss Brian Hurley’s Critical Hit Awards column.

More Like This

The Most Anticipated Debuts of the Second Half of 2020

The year isn’t going so well but at least we can look forward to these new books

Jun 30 - Adam Vitcavage

20 New Asian American Books to Read Right Now

Poetry, graphic narratives, memoirs, essay collections, and novels that are expanding the canon of AAPI literature

May 29 - Ruth Minah Buchwald

14 Unmissable Poetry Books from 2019

Some of the best poetic works to come out of a challenging year

Dec 16 - Christina Orlando
Thank You!