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Has the Hatchet Job of the Year award lost its edge?

The shortlist for the prize which celebrates the year's most savage book reviews is surprisingly conservative

By Prospect Team  
Anne Widdecombe paso doble

Rachel Cooke's review of Anne Widdecombe's memoir is on the shortlist

It is time, once again, for the Hatchet Job of the Year award. Now in its third year, this celebration of the most savage book reviews of the past 12 months, has, alongside the Literary Review’s Bad Sex Award, become one of the most entertaining events in the literary calendar. The award, in the words of its creators, is a “crusade against dullness, deference and lazy thinking.” It is as necessary as ever.

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