Thursday, September 14, 2006

Booker Prize 2006: the shortlist

Told you my prediction radar was broken. I've read four of them too, so I really should have known better (NB: Professor John Sutherland, last year's Booker judges' chairman: "I am gobsmacked"). Grenville's my favourite of the bunch so far.

The Night Watch – Sarah Waters
Good fun, but not as rollicking as Fingersmith, and contains fewer lesbians.

Mother's Milk - Edward St Aubyn
Has had pretty stonking reviews, sounds like it's quite posh, Hollinghurst style.

The Inheritance of Loss - Kiran Desai
Daughter of Anita Desai. Flips between Arundhati-Rushdie language games and low-key eccentric Indian character funness.

The Secret River - Kate Grenville
Colonialism in the Australian outback from the bastard English colonialist's perspective, but in quite a subtle and unusual way.

Carry Me Down - MJ Hyland
Like Roddy Doyle's Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha; not quite as profound, but impossibly readable.

In The Country of Men - Hisham Matar
Don't know anything about this, except that it's his (her?) debut, so well done Hisham (Herham?).

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