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2017 Man Booker International winner announced

A Horse Walks into a Bar

An excellent title, and now we are assured an excellent read, Israeli author David Grossman’s A Horse Walks into a Bar has been awarded the Man Booker International Prize for 2017.

Translated by Jessica Cohen and published by Jonathon Cape, the novel is set in a comedy club in a small Israeli town. An audience that has come expecting an evening of amusement instead sees a comedian falling apart on stage; an act of disintegration, a man crumbling, as a matter of choice, before their eyes. They could get up and leave, or boo and whistle and drive him from the stage, if they were not so drawn to glimpse his personal hell. Dovaleh G, a veteran stand-up comic – charming, erratic, repellent – exposes a wound he has been living with for years: a fateful and gruesome choice he had to make between the two people who were dearest to him.

And of course you can borrow this title from Blue Mountains library. Read reviews and an excerpt from the book on the catalogue, and place it on hold using your library card number and password.



Man Booker Prize announces 2016 shortlist

manbookershortlist2016These are the six shortlisted novels for this year’s Man Booker prize. The shortlisted books were announced by 2016 Chair of judges, Dr. Amanda Foreman, at a press conference at the offices of sponsor Man Group.

man-booker-thing The shortlist features a variety of voices, from new names to award winners. The books cover a diverse range of subjects, from murder in 19th century Scotland to classical music in Revolutionary China.

The 2016 shortlist of six novels is:

Paul Beatty  – The Sellout   (Read about the book and author here)
Deborah Levy – Hot Milk   (Read about the book and author here)
Graeme Macrae Burnet – His Bloody Project   (Read about the book and author here)
Ottessa Moshfegh – Eileen   (Read about the book and author here)
David Szalay – All That Man Is   (Read about the book and author here)
Madeleine Thien – Do Not Say We Have Nothing   (Read about the book and author here)

The shortlisted authors each receive £2,500 and a specially bound edition of their book. The winner will receive a further £50,000 and can expect international recognition.

The 2016 winner will be announced on Tuesday 25 October in London.

Man Booker Prize Shortlist

Apologies, it’s been almost a fortnight since the shortlist for this year’s Man Booker Prize was announced by the chair of the judges, AC Grayling. I’m sure most of you booky types are well ahead of me on this one.

Have you read any of the nominated novels?

Top of the buzz here in Australia is our own Richard Flanagan whose novel The Narrow Road to the Deep North has been popular for a long time now.

There is a lot of talk about Karen Joy Fowler’s We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves too – sounds like a very good one for book groups to talk about.

Other novels shortlisted are To Rise Again at a Decent Hour by Joshua Ferris, The Lives of Others by Neel Mukherjee (an inviting title for a sticky-beak like me), How to be Both by Ali Smith and the simply titled J by Howard Jacobson.

You can read about them here at the Man Booker Prize website.


Man Booker Prize Longlist

Man Booker Prizelogo.pngLast week the 2014 Longlist for the Man Booker Prize was announced.

Previously for novels written in English and published in the UK, the Man Booker Prize now admits nominations from all over the world.

The six judges, headed by AC Grayling, have chosen this years Longlisted novels which includes six novels by British authors, four by Americans, two by Irish authors and one by our own Richard Flanagan.

The Narrow Road to the Deep North – Richard Flanagan


History of the Rain – Niall Williams


How to be Both – Ali Smith


J – Howard Jacobson


Orfeo – Richard Powers


The Blazing World – Siri Hustvedt


The Bone Clocks – David Mitchell


The Dog – Joseph O’Neill


The Lives of Others – Neel Mukherjee

The Wake – Paul Kingsworth

To Rise Again at a Decent Hour – Joshua Ferris


Us – David Nicholls


We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves – Karen Joy Fowler


The shortlist will be announced on 9th September 2014 and the winner on 14 October 2014.

Has anyone read any of these longlisted books? What do you think of the judge’s choice?


Man Booker Prize 2013 Shortlist

Here is some of the very best contemporary fiction, distilled from an entry pool of 151 novels and a longlist of 13.

We Need New Names by NoViolet Bulawayo

The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton
The Harvest by Jim Crace
The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri
The Testament of Mary by Colm Tóibín
See more on the Man Booker Prize website.

Man Booker Prize Longlist

Manbooker official logoOut of 151 nominated titles, here are the 13 that have made it on to the 45th Man Booker Prize longlist this year.

The judges of this year’s prize are Robert Macfarlane, Martha Kearney, Robert Douglas-Fairhurst, Natalie Haynes and Stuart Kelly. The judges will announce the shortlist in September, with the winner of the £50,000 winner named on 15 October.


We Need New Names by NoViolet Bulawayo

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Unexploded by Alison Macleod, a sequel to The Wave Theory of Angels


A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki

A Tale for the Time Being

Almost English by Charlotte Mendelson

Almost English

Five Star Billionnaire by Tash Aw

Five Star Billionaire

The Testament of Mary by Colm Toibin

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The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri

The Lowland

TransAtlantic by Colum McCann

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The Marrying of Chani Kaufman by Eve Harris

The Marrying of Chani Kaufman

The Spinning Heart by Donal Ryan

The Spinning Heart

Harvest by Jim Crace – Crace claims this will be his last novel.


The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton

The Luminaries

The Kills by Richard House

The Kills

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