2016 Man Booker Shortlist
It official. The 2016 Man Booker shortlist was announced this morning. Yesterday we made our predictions. How did we do? Here are the 6 books that made the cut: Note: clicking on the title links below will take you to our original panel reviews for each book.
1. Do Not Say We Have Nothing
2. Hot Milk
3. The Sellout
4. His Bloody Project
6. All that Man is
Our combined ranked list correctly predicted 3 of the books. Book Worm and I had identical predictions lists and we correctly predicted 3. Kate got 4 right, Nicole 2, and Andrew 3.
Honestly, I’m pretty stunned that All that Man is made the list since we all disliked it and I’ve seen more bad reviews of it than good reviews. The WoMan shadow panel folks called that one though and I think they all liked it. But it wouldn’t be the Man Booker list without including some major differences to my own personal tastes. The inclusion of Eileen doesn’t particularly surprise me since I know many people really loved that book. My personal choice for the win made the list, so at least I still have a shot to get that right (and I’ve predicted the last two winners correctly).
Over the course of the next month, we’ll be doing extended features on each of the 6 shortlisted books. The panelists who didn’t read the shortlisted books will add their reviews and we will all make our final predictions for the winner. The winner will be announced on October 25.
We want to hear from you! What do you make of the list? Did you correctly predict any of the books? Which ones? Do you disagree with the judges on any of the shortlisted books?