Reading the Man Booker Prize 2014: We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler

This was my unloved sixth of the shortlist, so I’m reviewing it last. There’s not much to be said other than it wasn’t for me, and I didn’t like it. You might, though. Who knows. Read More Reading the Man Booker Prize 2014: We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler

Reading the Man Booker Prize 2014: The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan

What a book this is! You might argue its literary merits as opposed to some of the other nominees this year, but as far as blood, sweat, tears and horror go, The Narrow Road to the Deep North has it all. It’s a novel that stays with you, and for that alone, it deserved to win. Read More Reading the Man Booker Prize 2014: The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan

Reading the Man Booker Prize 2014: “J” by Howard Jacobson

Richard Flanagan’s The Narrow Road To The Deep North has won this year’s Man Booker Prize! I’m halfway through it, and it’s good, so we all have my review to look forward to. But let’s wrap up the rest of the shortlisted novels first. Read More Reading the Man Booker Prize 2014: “J” by Howard Jacobson

Reading the Man Booker Prize 2014: The Lives of Others by Neel Mukherjee

First of all, the title of this book has been confusing a few people in my life. Neel Mukherjee’s novel has nothing to do with the movie of the same name, about a Stasi spy in East Germany. It’s set in India in the 1960s and chronicles the unravelling lives of the Ghosh family in Calcutta. It’s long, and it’s epic, so of course I loved it. It’s also very good. Read More Reading the Man Booker Prize 2014: The Lives of Others by Neel Mukherjee

Reading the Man Booker Prize 2014: To Rise Again At A Decent Hour by Joshua Ferris

I really wanted to like this book — it’s billed as a comic novel, and it has a grumpy atheist protagonist! My kind of thing then, but I still struggled with it. Read More Reading the Man Booker Prize 2014: To Rise Again At A Decent Hour by Joshua Ferris

Reading the Man Booker Prize 2014: How to Be Both by Ali Smith

It’s literature prize season, and the shortlist for the Man Booker Prize has been revealed! On its way to becoming the most important prize of them all, the Man Booker jury now accepts entries from all English-speaking writers published in the UK, opening up the contest for the American market. The much-anticipated onslaught of American novels has not happened this year, with only two writers making it onto the list of six finalists. There aren’t many big surprises, other than David Mitchell staying behind *boo hiss*, but at first glance, 2014 looks like a good year. Read More Reading the Man Booker Prize 2014: How to Be Both by Ali Smith