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Booker Prize 2017 Longlist - My thoughts and predictions.

Early yesterday morning the longlist for the 2017 Booker prize was announced. This is my first Booker prize as a book blogger and I am going to try my best to read the longlist by the time the prize is announced, wish me luck, I will probably need it. 1,353 more words


Perfect Prose #6: A Little Life

I will rave about this sublime book to anyone and everyone. I do add in a health warning – it’s absolutely soul-destroying – but it is undoubtedly one of the best books I have ever read. 255 more words


The Underground Railroad makes Booker Prize Longlist

Having already taken home the 2017 Pulitzer prize, the 2016

National Book Award for Fiction (from the US based National Book Foundation) and being one of six nominees for the Arthur C Clarke Award, … 254 more words


Gosh, I've read some of the 2017 Man Booker longlist!

I’ve got used to being hopelessly out of touch with the Booker prize, so I was rather startled to discover that I’ve read some of the longlist: 263 more words

Booker Prize

‘Bitter Fruit’ by Achmat Dangor

Set in 1998 South Africa, just a few years after the end of apartheid and majority rule came into force, Bitter Fruit is a dense, harrowing drama of a disintegrating middle-class ‘coloured’ family. 563 more words


The Man Booker Prize 2017 Longlist: Predictions, Possibilities and Preferences

I only started blogging about my predictions for literary award longlists relatively recently. Three of my Man Booker Prize predictions last year made it on to the longlist of 13 titles, and two of them also made the final six, which I thought was a pretty good success rate considering the vast number of eligible books. 573 more words


‘Life of Pi’ by Yann Martel

A young teenager afloat the Pacific Ocean in a 26-foot long boat with only a Bengal tiger for company: Piscine Molitor ‘Pi’ Patel, late of Pondicherry in Southern India, the only human survivor of the shipwreck of a cargo boat travelling to Canada. 546 more words