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An Orchestra of Minorities — Chigozie Obioma

An Orchestra of Minorities is a gorgeous book and is, so far, my preferred choice for the prize this year (I should caveat this by saying that I am only 100 pages into Ducks, Newburyport which I strongly suspect is … Continue reading

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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 Mars Room — Rachel Kushner

OK, I realise I’m starting to sound like a broken record. I disliked Milkman but from then on my opinion on the shortlisted books I’ve talked about has pretty much been “yeah… they’re good, but could have been better”. I’m … Continue reading

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Everything Under — Daisy Johnson

Everything Under was a difficult book to form an opinion of. A re-imagining of the Oedipus story, Johnson follows a lexicographer, Sarah, and her attempt to find her mother who abandoned her as a child. She intertwines this with stories … 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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Elmet — Fiona Mozley

Elmet is Fiona Mozley’s first novel and it’s gorgeously written. Centered around a reclusive family of three (a father and two children) and told through the eyes of the younger child, Mozley constructs a family whose place in modern society … Continue reading

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Exit West — Mohsin Hamid

This is Mohsin Hamid’s second nomination for the Man Booker and his first, The Reluctant Fundamentalist left me somewhat underwhelmed. Fortunately, Exit West is a significant step up in terms of quality. The book tells the story of Saeed and … Continue reading

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