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“If you get depressed about being the second-best team in the world, then you've got a problem.” (Julius Erving)

The Booker 2014 shortlist has been revealed (admittedly way back on 9 September, but what I lack in efficiency I make up for in enthusiasm). Inevitably the spotlight falls on the winner, but it’s an achievement to even make it as far as the shortlist:  I thought this week I would look at two books that were nominated, but didn’t win. 922 more words


The Testament of Mary by Colm Tóibín

The Testament of Mary is a unique novella by Colm Tóibín that was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize in 2013.

Written from the perspective of Mary, the mother of Jesus, the book considers a man who was radical and the mother who wishes he would simply quench his passion. 245 more words


Booker Challenge 2014: So near yet so far

I’m over halfway in my Booker Challenge, having read 7 of the 13 books on this years Man Booker Prize longlist.

I challenged myself to this because I wanted to read more widely, I wanted to read more newly published books, and I just wanted a bit of a crazy challenge (I love a crazy challenge, for reference see: 2013 cycling Wales to Switzerland). 283 more words

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The Lives of Others by Neel Mukherjee

Shortlisted for this year’s Man Booker Prize, ‘The Lives of Others’ by Neel Mukherjee tells the story of twenty-one year old Supratik Ghosh who has left his comfortable family home in Calcutta/Kolkata to join the Communist Party of India. 330 more words


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A Little Blog of Books and Other Stuff has a review of Neel Mukherjee's book The Lives of Others which was shortlisted for this year's Man Booker Prize. The Little Blog describes the book as "an ambitious and richly detailed family saga" of three generations of Indian family in 1967 Calcutta. The Little Blog states that the book "deserves it place" on the Booker shortlist. Check out The Little Blog's review.

"I Am A Different Person": Ali Smith's "How To Be Both"

“Which way around is the Ali Smith you got?” I was asked on Twitter when I announced my purchase of How To Be Both (I do this a lot: look out in the near future for tweets heralding my acquisition of a bunch of bananas, a new key fob, and a small pony). 1,510 more words


Which American Novels Should Have Won the Booker Prize?

2014 is the first year that American novels will be eligible to win the Man Booker Prize.  The Guardian has published a list of books that various writers and critics, such as Martin Amis, Julian Barnes, Curtis Sittenfield, Edna O’Brien and Joshua Ferris, believe should have won if they had been eligible.   154 more words


Karen Joy Fowler one of two Americans to make Booker Prize shortlist

Karen Joy Fowler has made it to the Booker Prize shortlist with her brilliant 2013 novel, We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves. What makes her nomination even more notable is that this is the first year American writers were eligible for the prestigious award, which was previously open only to UK and Commonwealth writers. 114 more words

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