Tag Archives: Man Booker

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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Autumn — Ali Smith

Autumn has been hailed as the first post-Brexit novel, with a number of critics claiming it as a masterpiece. Certainly the book is very good, and I am increasingly impressed by Ali Smith’s consistently high quality, but I think “masterpiece” … Continue reading

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Hot Milk — Deborah Levy

In Hot Milk, Sofia, our narrator, has abandoned a doctorate in anthropology to care for her mother, Rose, whose legs are failing her. They are visiting a coastal area of southern Spain to attend a clinic run by a Doctor … Continue reading

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The Sellout — Paul Beatty

I don’t know if this is because more are being written, or if it’s simply that more are coming across my radar, but I am increasingly seeing books (and very good ones at that) explicitly dealing with issues of race … Continue reading

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Eileen — Ottessa Moshfegh

Eileen is a 24 year old secretary in a prison for juvenile offenders who lives at home with her abusive alcoholic father. Struggling to care for him and deeply bitter towards the world in general, she not only dislikes almost … Continue reading

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The Lowland — Jhumpa Lahiri

Set in Calcutta from the 1950s up to the modern day, The Lowland tells the story of two brothers, Subhash and Udayan, who lead markedly different lives. Subhash is focused on his education and career, and emigrates to better his … Continue reading

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A Spool of Blue Thread — Anne Tyler

With the announcement of the winner imminent, I am in something of a mad dash to finish the Yanagihara in time. I have a lot of pages left, so it’s going to be hit or miss. As a consequence, this … Continue reading

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