Category Archives: Man Booker Prize

A Book of Love and Violence: ‘The Fishermen’ by Chigozie Obioma (2015)

I don’t like being overly free with the word, but I really can see ‘The Fishermen’ becoming a canonical ‘classic’ novel in the years to come.  The complex treatment of nationhood, language and identity means it’s a novel that demands re-reading.  For … Continue reading

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Booker 2015 Reading Update: ‘Satin Island’ by Tom McCarthy (2015)

Moving on through the 2015 Man Booker Shortlist, and with an eye on the 13th of October when the prize will be announced, I’ve now finished the shortest novel on the list. I’m not recommending ‘Satin Island’ because it’s short.  It’s … Continue reading

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If you liked ‘The Wire’, then you’ll love … ‘A Brief History of Seven Killings’, by Marlon James (2014)

The blurb of this book explains that it deals with an attempted assassination attempt on Bob Marley by seven unnamed gunmen.  This does nothing to convey the complexity, subtlety and humanity of the novel. Instead I’m going to have to … Continue reading

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‘The Lowland’, by Jhumpa Lahiri (2013)

Not to sound like I’m obsessed with prizes at the moment, but when I first saw the 2013 Booker longlist, I recall mentally noting down ‘The Lowland’ as a book to read.  Two years later and I’ve finally done it. … Continue reading

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Booker Short List!

I will admit having become ridiculously excited about The Booker prize this year, mostly based on having read one of the titles before the list was announced.   I can’t remember the last time I was so in tune with the … Continue reading

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Lila, by Marilynne Robinson (2014)

In order to get in before the short-list is announced on Tuesday, I’d like to proclaim that I have review ready for one entry on the Man Booker long list! There really is no one like Marilynne Robinson.  I’ll admit, I don’t read … Continue reading

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