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Booker Prize 2019 the Official Shortlist


So who made the cut? How well did our predictions go? Are we reading Ducks?

Here are the books that made the Shortlist:

Margaret Atwood (Canada), The Testaments (Vintage, Chatto & Windus)

Lucy Ellmann (USA/UK), Ducks, Newburyport (Galley Beggar Press)

Bernardine Evaristo (UK), Girl, Woman, Other (Hamish Hamilton)

Chigozie Obioma (Nigeria), An Orchestra of Minorities (Little Brown)

Salman Rushdie (UK/India), Quichotte (Jonathan Cape)

Elif Shafak (UK/Turkey), 10 Minutes 38 Seconds in This Strange World (Viking)

All of the panel with the exception of Anita (who managed to predict 2 books) predicted 3 books so not a bad year as far as that goes.

Personally I (Book Worm) am most excited about The Testaments I have this on pre-order ready for release day which here in the UK is next Tuesday. I am dreading having to finish reading Ducks, Newburyport but at 40% I have a head start over most of the other panellists.

What are your thoughts on the list? Did the judges get it right? What book are you most excited for?

7 Comments Post a comment
  1. mootastic1 #

    How is it possible that of the long listed books I’ve so far managed to finish, heck start, did not make the list? And by so many, I mean all. I’ve read in full three and am partway through Lost Children and none of those are on the list. I do have Orchestra out from the library currently. Hopefully I can renew it because it’s due tomorrow.

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    September 3, 2019
  2. pbtanita #

    Guess I need to stick to picking the longlist, lol, where I picked six. This was a fiasco. Not only did I fail to pick correctly, but I failed to read the shortlist. I read ONE. One measly book. Oh and 1% of a second. How abysmal. My plan is to read the Testaments. I’m #6 for four copies the library is buying so fingers crossed I might not have to purchase it. I will read 10 Minutes which I have and will make a second run at Ducks (committing to read 10% this time to see if I can get more into the rhythm).

    Therefore, my theory is that Orchestra or Quichotte will win since I have no plans to read those before the announcement.

    What I’m really sad about is that Lanny and Night Boat — both of which I haven’t yet read – – didn’t make the list. I was so sure one of them would and was looking forward to those.

    All the books I didn’t want to read are on there.

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    September 3, 2019
    • I don’t think you would have loved Lanny. (Magical Realism) … I could be wrong. Night Boat you should read. I can’t stop thinking about it. I miss it. So good.

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      September 3, 2019
  3. Tracy S #

    No Levy??? I’m brokenhearted. That was the best book on the list! I’m not surprised at any of these, but they’re going to make the winner really hard to predict.

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    September 3, 2019
  4. I had a sick feeling Minorities was going to make the list. 10 Minutes was drek. I just can’t even with these people. Both the Levy and the Barry ran rings around these other books. Clearly judge bias made a huge impact.

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    September 3, 2019
  5. Book Worm #

    I deliberately didn’t predict Ducks in the vain hope that by not acknowledging it, it wouldn’t make the list. I was wrong. I am really not looking forward to finishing it but I would love to know why those who love it love it if that is you please explain to me…

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    September 4, 2019
  6. I really loved Quichotte:


    September 21, 2019

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