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2016 Man Booker Prize: Final predictions

The time has come for our panel of judges to predict the final winner of the Man Booker 2016 Prize. Tomorrow the finalist will be announced. Here’s who we think will take home the final prize…

Jen’s prediction:
Who will win it: Do Not Say We Have Nothing
Who should win it: Do Not Say We Have Nothing

Book Worm’s prediction:
Who will win it: Do Not Say We Have Nothing
Who should win it: Do Not Say We Have Nothing

Kate’s prediction:
Who will win it: The Sellout
Who should win it: The Sellout

Nicole’s prediction:
Who will win it: The Sellout
Who should win it: The Sellout

Andrew’s prediction:
Who will win it: Do Not Say We Have Nothing
Who should win it: ???

So we are split. Help us out. Who do you think will win the prize and who should win? Vote in our poll below and feel free to say why you picked the book you did, in the comments section.

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  1. Anita Pomerantz #

    I trust the panel so based on your analysist, it is either The Sellout or Do Not Say We Have Nothing. I haven’t read the latter, but in my mind The Sellout has too many American and time specific cultural references, and humor is so much in the eye of the beholder, that I think it is a more unlikely choice of the two.

    I personally am really hoping for Hot Milk though because I loved it.

    But I voted for Do Not Say We Have Nothing as the winner.

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    October 24, 2016
    • I’d be okay with Hot Milk winning. It would be an interesting winner b/c I think many really disliked it. I loved it.

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      October 24, 2016
    • That’s a good point about Sellout. I think that’s probably why it didn’t win the Pulitzer despite being considered a major contender.

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      October 24, 2016
  2. Anita Pomerantz #

    Also, thank you for lots of entertainment with this panel – – I enjoyed all of your posts and commentary on these books, and I’m really dying to know who wins tomorrow (when normally I really wouldn’t care).

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    October 24, 2016
    • me too Anita!

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      October 24, 2016
      • Anita Pomerantz #

        Announce already. . .I keep checking and nothing. I did see that His Bloody Project is selling the most of the shortlist and that Do Not Say We Have Nothing is leading the betting odds now.

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        October 25, 2016
      • Ha ha. They announce tonight U.K. time.

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        October 25, 2016
      • I think he is around 4:30 our time

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        October 25, 2016
      • Oh, and I suspect the Eileen and his bloody project are the two books that will have the highest commercial appeal but that doesn’t always translate to winning the prize

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        October 25, 2016
      • Anita Pomerantz #

        I am so impatient!!

        And yes, broad commercial appeal clearly has little to do with literary greatness, lol.

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        October 25, 2016
  3. I think Do Not Say We Have Nothing is the closest on the shortlist to a “typical” Booker winner due to its epic scale so I would be inclined to predict it will win too. But the Booker isn’t always predictable!

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    October 24, 2016
  4. I’m really hoping Madeleine Thien gets to take home the prize. I haven’t read The Sellout other than a few chapters and didn’t enjoy it.

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    October 25, 2016
  5. Anita Pomerantz #

    Congratulations, Nicole and Kate!! I’m super impressed with your picking prowess.

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    October 25, 2016

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