2017 Man Booker Shortlist
The 2017 Man Booker shortlist was announced this morning. Keep reading to see which books made the list and how our judges fared in their predictions.
1. Autumn by Ali Smith
2. Exit West by Hamid
3. 4321 by Paul Auster
4. Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders
5. History of Wolves by Emily Fridlund
6. Elmet by Fiona Mozley
So how did we did in our predictions? Our panel as a group (based on scorecard ratings) got 4/6 correct. Our top judges, Nicole and Andrew each predicted 4/6, Book Worm and I (Jen) correctly predicted 3/6, and Anita predicted 2/6 correct.
I have to say I’m pretty stunned about Elmet and History of Wolves making this list since I thought both had some significant flaws (although I very much enjoyed History of Wolves). I’m pleased that my top four books made it (Autumn, Exit West, Lincoln in the Bardo, and 4321) even though I didn’t pick 4321.
Congrats to all six authors who made it! It was a really strong longlist this year so I encourage you to read all the books, even those that didn’t make the cut.
The winner will be announced on October 17th. We will be posting expanded thoughts about each of the shortlist books and will make our winner predictions a few days before the announcement.
What do you think of the list? Do you disagree with any of the selections that made it on the shortlist? Why or why not?