Tag Archives: Man Booker Prize

February 12

Pigeon English – Stephen Kelman and the death of children by bullying. (Book Review)

Stephen Kelman’s book Pigeon English is one of those rags to riches fairy stories that new writers dream about. Found in a slush pile, Pigeon English was declared to be so good it resulted in a bidding war that saw Kelman awarded a “six-figure sum” for the publishing rights. Once published, it was short listed for the 2011 Man […]

The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry – Rachel Joyce and the lightness of tragedy. (Booker Long List)

It must be the same all over England. People were buying milk, or filling their cars with petrol, or even posting letters. And what no one else knew was the appalling weight of the thing they were carrying inside.  The superhuman effort it took sometimes to be normal, and a part of things that appeared both easy […]

Skios – Michael Frayn and the perils of probability (Booker Prize Long List)

Well he would work it out for himself a he went along, he wouldn’t be able to stop himself.  Sadly. Because for the moment he was a living metaphor of the human condition.  He knew not whence he came from nor whither he was bound, nor what manner of man he was, nor why he […]

Booker Prize Short List

Well – its been announced and I am rather pleased to see that except for Deborah Levy’s Swimming Home I haven’t read any of the short list.  I’m pleased because this means I have five wonderful books to hurtle through before the big dinner on Tuesday the sixteenth of October. Hopefully I can come up with my suggestions before the […]

Swimming Home – Deborah Levy (Booker short list review)

“Each morning in every family, men women and children, if they have nothing better to do, tell each other their dreams. We are all at the mercy of the dream and we owe it to ourselves to submit its power to the waking state.” – La Revolution surrealiste, No.1, December 1924 So begins a novel […]

The Booker Prize Long List

Well – it’s that time again. Reading up on the long list to make our choices about who should and who shouldnt hit the short list for the Man Booker Prize. The longlisted books were selected from a total of 145 titles, 11 of which were called in by the judges. The 2012 longlist includes […]