The (American) National Book Critics Circle (founded in 1974 and consisting "of nearly 700 active book reviewers who are interested in honoring quality writing") have announced the 2005 National Book Critics Circle Award finalists (not to be confused with the (American) National Book Awards).

Good to see Svetlana Alexievich's Voices From Chernobyl, last month's RSB Book of the Month Robert Fisk's The Great War for Civilisation, Jonathan Coe's Like a Fiery Elephant: The Story of BS Johnson and Eliot Weinberger's What Happened amongst the shortlisted titles.

On the fiction shortlist they have EL Doctorow's The March and Andrea Levy's Small Island, both reviewed here on RSB.

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