Man Booker Shortlist!

bookstackWell, I got 3 out of 6 and 1 of the 6 is not available here but has had a lot of good chatter elsewhere –  Maybe I got 3 out of 5?  –  Whatever.  I’ll look forward to reading The Year of the Runaways by  Sunjeev Sahota (UK) in March and there are a couple on the Long List which aren’t here either – (the US doesn’t like anything from other countries – except food the food is good – lol).

Meanwhile – I also missed numbers 2 and 5 here – I’m totally surprised about the McCarthy and the Tyler – huh??? –   But the two I picked for top are here – the James and the Yanagihara novels.  Now another month to the actual winner.

Author (nationality)                  Title (imprint)

Marlon James (Jamaica)       A Brief History of Seven Killings(Oneworld Publications)

Tom McCarthy (UK)               Satin Island (Jonathan Cape)

Chigozie Obioma (Nigeria)       The Fishermen (ONE, Pushkin Press)

Sunjeev Sahota (UK)               The Year of the Runaways(Picador)

Anne Tyler (US)                       A Spool of Blue Thread (Chatto & Windus)

Hanya Yanagihara (US)            A Little Life (Picador)

Now that I think about it my top 2 books – A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James (Jamaica) and A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara (US) made the Shortlist but those two are really exceptional books – one or the other should take the prize.

The other 4 seem to be parceled out between 3 men and 1 woman;  1 US author (Tyler),  1 Nigerian author (Obioma),  and 2 UK authors (McCarthy and Sahota)  authors; plus there is 1 experimental novel,  1 kind of “cozy novel and I have no idea about The Year of the Runaways (Sahota, UK).

Overall the arrangement is 2 UK, 2 US and 2 other along with  2 women and 4 men.  That’s pretty balanced.

Also,  kind of notable is the fact that James is listed as being from Jamaica but he lives in Minneapolis and Obioma is listed as being from Nigeria but teaches at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.  With those kinds of living arrangements it’s no wonder (one more reason) the Man Booker changed from UK only to international-English.  Heh –

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4 Responses to Man Booker Shortlist!

  1. Lisa Hill says:

    Well now I really must get round to reading the two that I’ve got: The Fisherman and A Brief History of Seven Killings…


  2. You bet! They’re both kind of grimly violent though, so maybe not back-to-back.


  3. Kinna says:

    I’ve had A Brief History of Seven Killings on my radar since it came out. I’ve read one other book by Marlon James – Jim Crow’s Devil – and I really liked it. But I’ll probably get to The Fisherman fist. Happy reading!


    • James’ book is long and a bit rough but definitely worth it – either that or A Little Life is my top pick for the Booker Prize this year (although I haven’t been able to read The Runaways.)


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