Much Ado About The Man Booker Prize…
Have you heard about the Man Booker Prize before? It’s like the Oscars but for books. The hashtag is #FinestFiction for Jove sake! This is really prestigious stuff.
The Man Booker Prize was established in 1969. The winner receives £50,000 as well as the £2,500 awarded to each of the shortlisted authors. Both the winner and the shortlisted authors are guaranteed a worldwide readership plus an increase in book sales.
Here is the longlist for 2018. The shortlist was announced on 20, September 2018. I highlighted it in red.
You Belinda Bauer (UK), Snap
Anna Burns (UK), Milkman
Nick Drnaso (USA), Sabrina
Esi Edugyan (Canada), Washington Black
Guy Gunaratne (UK), In Our Mad and Furious City
Daisy Johnson (UK), Everything Under
Rachel Kushner (USA), The Mars Room
Sophie Mackintosh (Wales, UK), The Water Cure
Michael Ondaatje (Canada), Warlight
Richard Powers (USA), The Overstory
Robin Robertson (Scotland, UK), The Long Take
Sally Rooney (Ireland), Normal People
Donal Ryan (Ireland), From a Low and Quiet Sea
I received a couple of review copies from publishers and you can check out my thoughts on Instagram. Those that I haven’t read will be published here, soonest.
Spoiler Alert: I really rooting for The Overstory by Richard Powers.
He is my new favourite writer now! When asked what book he was working on next, he said:
A machine for putting one person directly into the head of another.
What book are you rooting for?
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