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The Long Take — Robin Robertson

While I don’t think it will win, I am really glad that The Long Take made the shortlist. This year’s longlist contained two books using less conventional media: Sabrina was a mediocre graphic novel and The Long Take is largely … Continue reading

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The Overstory — Richard Powers

I’ve made little secret of the fact that this is the book I shall be rooting for tomorrow. I think in many respects, it’s the most ambitious on the list, as well as being very well crafted and, in places, … Continue reading

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Washington Black — Esi Edugyan

I have mixed feelings about Washington Black. The story is really good: Washington Black (Wash), a slave on a Barbados plantation, is selected as personal servant to the brother of the owner. A friendship grows between the two of them, … Continue reading

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Lincoln in the Bardo — George Saunders

My word. This book was made for my dual projects! A Man Booker shortlisted book about the president I probably hold highest in my estimation and, even better, it’s amazing. Just under a year into the Civil War, Abraham Lincoln’s … Continue reading

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4 3 2 1 — Paul Auster

4 3 2 1 is a masterpiece. The back of the book told me so. And, having read it, I’m inclined to agree. Auster has managed something remarkable: he has taken a character (New Jersey-born Archibald Isaac Ferguson) and told … Continue reading

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History of Wolves — Emily Fridlund

I got so excited when I finished reading History of Wolves. I was maybe halfway through the longlist and it was increasingly clear that 2017 was a strong year. So when I’d picked up a first-time novel, I wasn’t sure … Continue reading

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His Bloody Project — Graeme Macrae Burnet

In a year with a surprising shortlist (big names failing to make the shortlist, or even the longlist, and a short story collection), His Bloody Project has to be one of the less likely nominees. Published by Contraband, the crime … Continue reading

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