Man Bookers 2016 Shortlist

Image courtsey- The Guardian
Image courtsey- The Guardian

Ever since the long-list was announced for this year’s Man Bookers Prize, I was watching this space very curiously. There were some known names there- J M Cortzee with the School days of Jesus, which is supposedly the sequel of The Childhood of Jesus. I was not looking forward to read The School Days of Jesus because I was somewhat not enthusiast about the alternative world created in this series. So when it was excluded from the shortlist, it was a kind of relief for me.

From last 2 years, I try to read all the short-listed books before the winner is announced but never manage to read more than 3 books. Especially the books that eventually win hold me up the most. The Narrow Road to deep North ( the winner of 2014) was so slow paced that it took me a month to finish & the Brief History of Seven Killing (the winner of 2015) was 800 pages long interesting but confusing period tale based in Jamaica was another difficult read for me.

This year’s short-lists are:

Hot Milk by Deborah Levy

His Bloody Project by Graeme Macrae Burnet

The Sellout by Paul Beatty

Do Not Say We Have Nothing by Madeleine Thien

Eileen by Ottessa Moshfegh

All That Man Is by David Szalay

American authors have definitely increased the quality of books in the short-lists since last year. I have already read The Sellout by Paul Beatty (USA) which I enjoyed reading ( it means it will definitely not win 😛 ). “His Bloody Project” by Burnet (Scotland) is another interesting read that I am thoroughly enjoying.  After that, I am planning to read Eileen. Thanks to Kindle, the books which were otherwise not available in India are now available online.

There are no books from Asia or Africa this year, which is a surprise.

8 Comments Add yours

  1. MyBookJacket says:

    I agree. His bloody project sounds like it’ll be great! Disappointed by the lack of Asian authors this time though. Guess no one released something that brilliant in the UK then. Sigh. Look forward to your thoughts on Eileen. I’ve heard mixed things.


    1. I have read 30% of His Bloody Project & it looks like a winner to me. If this book eventually wins, it will be history for this tiny publishing house in Scotland.

      In terms of Asia, “Do Not Say we have nothing” is based in China & the author is from Chinese origin, though it was published in Canada.

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      1. MyBookJacket says:

        Ah! I was under the impression that she was an Asian American / britisher or something. Not sure why. Good to know. That’s definitely topping my list then


      2. She is born & raised in Vancouver and is a popular short story writer. She is China’s answer to Jhumpa Lahiri 😛

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      3. MyBookJacket says:

        Hahaha. Perfect example.


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