And so today, the Man Booker judges have announced their short-list... I haven't been speedy enough to read them all yet and make my recommendations but it’s good to see I have already read one of the chosen few! So hot off the press the top six are:
The Garden of Evening Mists by Tan Twan Eng
Swimming Home by Deborah Levy
Bring up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel
The Lighthouse by Alison Moore
Umbrella by Will Self
Narcopolis by Jeet Thayil
I have to say I’m sad not to see ‘The Teleportation Accident’ in the mix but I hope this means that the top six are even better. I’ve already read ‘The Lighthouse’ (review to follow) and found it to be a well-written, gripping and slightly haunting read. I imagine the other five will be equally well-written and from the synopses I have read, will also cover some challenging topics.
I better get reading then… Only a month to go until the winner is finally announced!