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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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All That Man Is — David Szalay

All That Man Is is not a novel. This does not make it unique: William Trevor’s novella, Reading Turgenev was nominated in 1991, and Alice Munro’s collection of short stories, The Beggar Maid, won the prize in 1980. But it … Continue reading

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Do Not Say We Have Nothing — Madeleine Thien

So October is finally here and more Man Booker nominees are arriving in the mail! Next up is Madeleine Thien’s Do Not Say We Have Nothing, which shall be closely followed by David Szalay’s All That Man Is. As it … 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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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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