'The Hatchet Job of the Year prize was set up by the Omnivore website to "raise the profile of professional book critics and to promote integrity and wit in literary journalism"', schrijft Alison Flood in The Guardian. Dit jaar gaat de prijs naar 'Camilla Long's comprehensive shredding of Rachel Cusk's memoir of her divorce, Aftermath'.
'Long, in a review for the Sunday Times, takes just over 1,000 words to pull Cusk's memoir to bits, writing the novelist off as "a brittle little dominatrix and peerless narcissist who exploits her husband and her marriage with relish", and who "describes her grief in expert, whinnying detail". En toch: 'a hatchet job isn't necessarily a turnoff.' Intrigerend. Beschaafd kraken.