The Booker Short ListSeptember 9, 2008 at 4:04 pm | Posted in Book Blather | Leave a comment
Well, now we know. The Booker Prize short list was announced this morning. To my surprise, there were six titles; in previous years it looks like there have only been five. This is great news for literature, but not as great news for my prognosticating abilities.
Yesterday I guessed five titles out of the thirteen on the long list. As it turns out, I got two of them right! The odds of this happening were 78 to 1. Good job, me. Now I wonder what I would have picked as my sixth guess?
Without further ado, here are the next six books we should all be reading:
The White Tiger – Aravind Adiga
The Secret Scripture – Sebastian Barry
Sea of Poppies – Amitav Ghosh
The Clothes on Their Backs – Linda Grant
The Northern Clemency – Philip Hensher
A Fraction of the Whole – Steve Toltz