Happy to report that we have a great short-list of books for the Man Booker Prize this year. Have a look!
We have ‘an outrageous racial satire’ in the form of a black American who tries to reintroduce slavery in Paul Beatty’s (US) The Sellout (winner of the 2016 National Book Critics Circle Award).
Deborah Levy’s (UK) Hot Milk which portrays a mother with an imaginary disease, a daughter struggling to help and a mother-daughter relationship on the edge.
Graeme Macrae Burnet (UK) His Bloody Project, a ‘bloody good’ crime novel according to Bookstoker’s Jane based on the real life brutal murders of three people in 1896. Not often we see crime novels amongst the Man Booker nominees which leads me to think this must be good.
Ottessa Moshfegh’s (US) Eileen, lonely, unhappy prison employee Eileen meets charismatic Rebecca, the new prison counsellor and is seduced into committing a crime. An intense psychological thriller.
David Szalay (Canada-UK) All That Man Is. Meg absolutely loved Szalay’s Spring. This one tells the stories of nine different men, at different stages of life. Szalay is known for diving deep into the male psyche, to great effect.
Madeleine Thien (Canada) Do Not Say We Have Nothing deals with the story of China, from the Cultural Revolution to the Tianamen Square uprising as told to 10 year old Canadian Marie by a young Chinese refugee.
Well, I’m at a loss at which book to start with…seems like we are spoilt for choice this time around.