Straight up, where does the year go?! Honestly, it felt like last week I was thinking about the #manbookerinternational shortlist – yes us, bookworms remember the passage of time via bookish events and books we’ve read… (surely i’m not the only one…) so without further ado, let us begin! *party popper emoji*
Expectations aka. What I would like to see on the shortlist
- Autumn (Ali Smith) — Possibly her best work to date. See my review here.
- Home Fire (Kamila Shamsie) — This is was downright amazing. Review to come. Also I think if this one doesn’t make it that Exit West may take it’s place…
- Reservoir 13 (Jon McGregor) — Like nothing I’ve ever read and so very very clever. Review here.
- Elmet (Fiona Mozley) — I know next to nothing about this one – but there’s always got to be an underdog yeah? Also I didn’t get on so well with History of Wolves which could be the ‘other’ underdog.
Reality aka. What I think will appear on the shortlist
- Solar Bones (Mike McCormack) — Wasn’t for me, but can definitely see it’s appeal and brilliance. Review here.
- The Underground Railroad (Colson Whitehead) — Currently reading at time of posting. It won the Pulitzer so anything goes.
- Days Without End (Sebastian Barry) — I have absolutely no desire to read this one, but it seems to be getting all the praise.
- The Ministry of Utmost Happiness (Arundhati Roy) — Lots of hype. Probably worth it. Yet to read it.
Lincoln in the Bardo (George Saunders) — Okay so it’s basically impossible to predict the shortlist and there are far too many good books to choose from.
4,3,2,1 (Paul Auster) — it’s a chunker, let’s face it. It may be amazing, I could still be persuaded…
Swing Time (Zadie Smith) — You all know my thoughts by now. However, if Whitehead doesn’t make I suppose this would fit in it’s place nicely…
Who do you think will make the shortlist? Keen to hear your thoughts!