Come Autumn and it is the season for reading and writing. The shortlist for the Man Booker Prize is announced in mid September. I manage to read some of the longlisted books, some of the years. This year, I perked up at the short list and the variety looks interesting.

Paul Auster’s ‘4 3 2 1‘, the most awaited novel of the year is pitted against ‘Elmet‘, a refreshing debut book by Fiona Mozley. George Saunders’ ‘Lincoln in the Bardo‘ holds a lot of promise of entertainment. Emily Fridlund with ‘History of the Wolves‘ is another debut. ‘Exit West‘ by Mohsin Hamid is an exploration of immigration. Ali Smith’s ‘Autumn‘ is the first in the projected series of books with titles taken from the names of seasons.

As the official website for the Man Booker Prize notices, “…reader interest tends to increase in inverse proportion to the number of contenders still left standing”. Racing to read as many of the shortlisted books before the winner is announced on October 17, Bloggeray from Musingsite and I teamed up to read and review the amazing collection.

So, stay tuned for the reviews.

By the way, after the Bookers, it is time to dive right into NaNoWriMo in November, but that’s another post, another story.

Have you read any of the shortlisted ones this year? Which are your favourites? And which one should I read first?

6 thoughts on “Big Names vs Debut Works in the Booker Shortlist

  1. I’ve read Exit West, which I liked more in the ‘realist’ beginning, but it lost me a little after they travelled trough the various doors and into unknown terrain. Having never read anything by Ali Smith, I’m quite keen to discover her work finally through Autumn.

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    1. I think I would like to read ‘Exit West’ a little later.

      I myself am excited about Ali Smith and Fiona Mozley, so might pick either of these first. Paul Auster is bound to be good but I am getting daunted by the size of the book.

      Thanks for the feedback, Claire!

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      1. Yes, I’m curious about Elmet, when I saw it on the long list I wasn’t sure about the style, but now that its made it further, I’m intrigued to know how it reads. It’s so great to see a debut author with potential up against the more familiar names.

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