Booker Shortlist

Back in July I posted about the Booker Longlist and the chances of the short list increasing my hit rate for award winning/nominated authors – well the results are in. The short list is:

Joshua Ferris -To Rise Again at a Decent Hour

Richard Flanagan – The Narrow Road to the Deep North

Karen Joy Fowler – We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves

Howard Jacobson – J

Neel Mukherjee – The Lives of Others

Ali Smith – How to be Both

And it’s good news!  I’ve read Karen Joy Fowler’s Jane Austen Book Club, so I’ve read something by one of the authors.  This is an improvement on last year when I hadn’t (and still haven’t) read anything by any of the authors on the list.  This still means that I can’t predict who’ll win, or converse knowledgeably about the nominees (except to know who’s nominated) but, hey, baby steps, baby steps…

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