Yesterday the shortlist for the prestigious Man Booker Prize 2016 was announced. My aim was to get reading the longlist so that when the shortlist was announced I would not be overladen with unread books. I am currently reading my 9th book on the longlist of 13 (“Serious Sweet” by A.L Kennedy- which did not make the shortlist- I’ll let you know my opinion soon) and have actually now already read 4 of the 6 on the shortlist.
So huge congratulations to the final six, one of which will be scooping the £50,000 top prize and will be a guaranteed best-seller. The six who made the cut are
The Sellout – Paul Beatty – The rather wonderful Oneworld Publications are aiming to make it two years in a row with this. I concluded “It deserves a place on the Booker shortlist but the jury might opt for something very different from last year so would be an outside chance to scoop the prize.” Read my review of this book here
Hot Milk – Deborah Levy -Published by Hamish Hamilton and the Bookies Favourite to win the prize. I still haven’t managed to get my hands on a copy yet but I’ve scheduled it into the reading list. I’ll let you know what I think.
His Bloody Project – Graeme McRae Burnet-Published by Contraband, a very small Scottish Publishing house I am absolutely delighted to see this on the shortlist. I said “This is a book which will be strongly competing for my Book Of The Year and will hopefully win over the Man Booker judges much in the same way as it has won me over. “. Read my review of this book here
Eileen- Otessa Moshfegh- Published by Vintage. I said “It is undoubtedly well-written and Moshfegh keeps us guessing throughout…………I would be very happy to see this on the shortlist.”. Read my review of this book here
All That Man Is – David Szalay – The second book on the shortlist for Vintage. I really enjoyed this but had some reservations about the structure of the book, saying; But is it a novel? This obviously did not worry the judges too much. Read my review of this book here
Do Not Say We Have Nothing – Madeleine Thien – Published by Granta and the second of the two not to make it yet onto my reading pile. I’ll let you know what I think, hopefully, before the announcement of the result on 25th October.
Obviously, I still have two to read but at the moment the book I will be championing is “His Bloody Project”. The book I am most disappointed by it not reaching the shortlist was “Work Like Any Other” by Virginia Reeves (Scribner 2016). I have read this but not yet posted my review so look out for it soon. It’s a good one.