The Man Booker Prize short-list 2015 is out with what looks like interesting books on a wide range of themes – child abuse, technology, immigration – and geographic settings – Nigeria, Jamaica, Sheffield. Take your pick!
We have two British books: Tom McCarthy’s Satin Island, a humorous commentary on our technology obsessed world, and Sunjeev Sahota’s The Year of the Runaways, a timely book portraying the lives of 13 Indian immigrants living in Sheffield.
Two American books: Anne Tyler’s A Spool of Blue Thread, a family saga set in Baltimore and the best selling of the books so far and Hanya Yanagihara’s A Little Life, a story of four college friends, one of whom has been through terrible child abuse.
Then there’s Marlon James, a Jamaican, writing about the attempted assassination of Bob Marley in A History of Seven Killings and Nigerian Chiozie Obioma’s debut The Fishermen, a tale about four brothers, a terrible prophecy and the destruction of their family.
A Little Life seems to be the favourite to win so far if bookies are to be trusted. At 736 pages there is nothing little about this book, but rumour has it that it’s a riveting read, despite it’s length. In my bookclub we decided to go for The Year of the Runaways, warmly recommended by a well-read friend.
Want to read more about the short-listed books? Follow these links.
Winner will be announced on the 13th October.