Hey there guys! I have something exciting to share with you today.
As the title of this post suggests, I’m doing a collaboration project, the subject of which is this year’s Booker Prize. More accurately, the six nominees for this year’s prize. My partner-in-crime is Writenlive from Read Write Live. She has fabulous posts including (but not limited to), photography, listicles, book reviews and heartfelt rumblings over coffee. Do check out her wonderful blog.
Coming back to the Booker nominees, we have three American authors this year – Débutant Emily Fridlund, George Saunders and Paul Auster. Two British authors also make up the ensemble – Fiona Mozley (another débutant) and Ali Smith (her fourth nod). Rounding off the Super Six is Pakistani-UK author Mohsin Hamid, who has been nominated again after The Reluctant Fundamentalist (2007). Here is the link to the Booker team’s official post discussing the schedule for the prize.
While I love reading every kind of book, there is something about the certified quality of a Booker nominee that excites me. One of my earliest memories of buying novels is that of Ann Enright’s The Gathering, the 2007 winner. The humane stories that most of the nominees have, plus the sparkling writings that inspire and wow, simultaneously, draw me in every year.
We (Writenlive and yours truly) also reviewed three of the six books that were shortlisted for the 2011 prize. We haven’t reviewed them all yet, unfortunately. One of these days in the future, hopefully.
Here are the links to my reviews of the 2011 books. Have a read while we bring out the reviews of this year’s books for you.
The Sense Of An Ending (Julian Barnes, winner).
Snowdrops (A. D. Miller)
Half-Blood Blues (Esi Edugyan).
Hey book lover, have you read any of this year’s nominees? Or some of the past nominees and winners? Regale me with the story of your experience.
Thanks for reading. 😊