Tag Archives: Booker Shortlist 1997

Grace Notes — Bernard MacLaverty

If I were to judge books solely on the quality of their prose, I would love Grace Notes.MacLaverty has a remarkable ear for rhythm and sound, appropriate in a novel about a composer, and reading this book was a genuine … Continue reading

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The God of Small Things — Arundhati Roy

In 1993, a young woman, Rahel, looks back at a few days in 1969 when a visiting cousin from England, Sophie Mol, is killed. At the heart of the novel are two important relationships: that between Rahel and her twin … Continue reading

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Quarantine — Jim Crace

A slightly odd, yet somewhat compelling work, I can see why Quarantine won Crace his first nomination for the Booker, and I can entirely understand why it didn’t win overall. Set in the desert in Judea, Quarantine is about a … Continue reading

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