The Man Booker Prize Shortlist has been Announced

The Man Booker Prize Shortlist has been Announced

Karen Joy Fowler – We are all Completely Beside Ourselves

Karen has already won multiple awards for her work, and ‘We are all Completely Beside Ourselves’ won the 2014 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction earlier this year. The story is told by Rosemary- a quirky teen who has just started college – in a looping narrative about her unusual family and why she’s decided not to tell anyone at college about them. The book has the feeling of a secret unravelling, and Rosemary’s narration is funny, witty and honest.

Richard Flanagan – The Narrow Road to the Deep North

One of Australia’s leading authors, Richard has received multiple honours for his books and has been published in 26 countries. ‘The Narrow Road to the Deep North’ is set in a Japanese prisoner of war camp on the Burma Death Railway, where Richard’s own father survived and who sadly died the day Richard finished the book. Dorrigo Evans is struggling to save the men under his command from the harsh conditions they’re in whilst coping with his own demons, when a life-changing letters arrives.

Neel Mukherjee – The Lives of Others

The second novel from this sky-rocketing author, Neel won the Vodafone-Crossword Award in India for this first novel ‘A Life Apart’ and the Writers’ Guild of Great Britain Award for best fiction. ‘The Lives of Others’ is the emotional and powerful story of a family descending into chaos as the society around them fractures. Supratik leaves his family after becoming involved in extremist political activism, whilst destructive secrets and the implosion of the family business create further turbulence.

Joshua Ferris – To Rise Again at a Decent Hour

Joshua has been long-listed for many prestigious book awards for his previous work, including The Guardian First Book Award, and was selected for the New Yorker’s ’20 under 40’ list. When pessimistic dentist and New Yorker Paul has his identity stolen online, at first it’s just his privacy that he feels has been attacked. But when Paul considers the frightening thought that his impersonator may actually be a better version than himself, it sets him onto a frightening realisation. Funny and thought-provoking, Stephen King described it as ‘The Catch-22 of dentistry’.

Howard Jacobson – J

The only author on the shortlist to have won the Man Booker Prize before (in 2010 with ‘The Finkler Question’), Howard has also won the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Award in 2000 for ‘The Mighty Walzer’ and ‘Zoo Time’ in 2013. A love story shrouded in the mystery of an un-talked-about event in society’s history, this book is set in a future where the past is kept a secret. Ailinn and Kevern don’t know who they are, where they came from or where they are going, but for now they are together.

Ali Smith – How to be Both

This is the third time Ali Smith has been shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize; the first time was in 2001 with ‘Hotel World’ and the second in 2005 with ‘The Accidental’ . ‘How to be Both’ is a playful and compassionate story about art’s versatility, creating an original narrative where anything goes. Fast-paced and dismissing genre classification, this book bends truths, time and form into a masterful novel.

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