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Booker International 2020 – Our Shortlist Predictions


MBI 2020

It is time for us to test our judging skills in the free for all that is known as the shortlist predictions. So who do we think will make it?

Our highly scientific rating system predicts that these books will make the shortlist:

Tyll 19/20
The Eighth Life 18.5
Red Dog 17.5
Little Eyes 17
Memory Police 15.5
Faces on the Tip of my Tongue 14.17

Bookworm’s Shortlist Predictions: I managed to read 6 books from the longlist which is not bad going considering the tight timeline, of these books I predict that 3 will make it 1 because I hated it (which means it has a great shot at winning) and 2 because I really enjoyed them the other 3 books are the ones I most want to read for the rest of the list.

Discomfort of Evening
Little Eyes
Faces on the tip of my Tongue
The Eighth Life
Memory Police

RachelO’s Shortlist predictions: I’ve read through just five of this year’s longlist so far – not great, but not bad considering the world turned upsidedown part-way through the month. My predictions, then, consist (in order) of two books that I’m glad l’ve read and wouldn’t have found without the prize; the two which I think are most likely to make the shortlist; and the two I most want to read next, having seen other reviews. In reality, I think the judges’ tastes run a little darker than my own this year, so I won’t be at all surprised if Serotonin and Mac and his Problem make the shortlist in place of my own favourites.

Faces on the Tip of My Tongue
Red Dog
The Discomfort of Evening
Little Eyes
Memory Police
The Eighth Life

Tracy’s Predictions: I’m trying something different this year. I’m going to predict some books I didn’t like, assuming that I’ll be wrong.

1. Serotonin
2. Mac’s Problem
3. Hurricane Season
And the ones I really hope will make it:
4. The Enlightenment of the Greengage Tree
5. Tyll
6. Little Eyes

What books do you think will make the cut? Let us know in comments


2 Comments Post a comment
  1. David Orr #

    What do you make of ‘You People’


    July 22, 2020
    • Book Worm #

      That would fall under the Booker not Booker International so stay tuned


      July 26, 2020

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