Critic Adam Mars-Jones has won the inaugural Hatchet Job of the Year award for his scathing review of Michael Cunningham’s latest work, By Nightfall.
The award is given for the “angriest, funniest, most trenchant” book review published in the last year.
Mars-Jones accepted his prize of a year’s supply of potted shrimp at a ceremony in a London pub.
The award aims to raise the profile of critics and to “promote integrity and wit in literary journalism”.
Part of me wants this whole thing to be a joke, but, alas, it is not.