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The Longlist is here! The Longlist is here!

No total left field picks this year … Nicole’s strategy backfired and I’m completely gutted to see that On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous didn’t make the list.

Booker Prize 2019: the longlist

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

Kevin Barry (Ireland) – Night Boat to Tangier (Canongate Books)

Oyinkan Braithwaite (UK/Nigeria) – My Sister, The Serial Killer (Atlantic Books)

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

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

John Lanchester (UK) – The Wall (Faber & Faber)

Deborah Levy (UK) – The Man Who Saw Everything (Hamish Hamilton)

Valeria Luiselli (Mexico/Italy) – Lost Children Archive (4th Estate)

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

Max Porter (UK) – Lanny (Faber & Faber)

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

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

Jeanette Winterson (UK) – Frankissstein (Jonathan Cape)

 

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Lost Children Archive – Valeria Luiselli

Lost Children Archive – Valeria Luiselli
Published in: 2019
Reviewed by: Nicole
Rating: 5/5

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Ground Control to Major Tom

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On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous – Ocean Vuong

On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous – Ocean Vuong 
Published in: 2019
Reviewed by: Nicole
Rating: 5/5 10/10 20/20 …. (you get the point)

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Early Riser – Jasper Fforde

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Every Winter, the human population hibernates.

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Man Booker 2018 Predictions

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Our panel collectively read all 13 nominated books and most of us read all, or almost all of the shortlisted books. Over the past several months we have posted our reviews, rankings, and thoughts of all the books. Keep reading to see which book we think will take home the prize. Read more

2018 Man Booker Longlist: Warlight

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Next up for our shadow panel is Warlight by Michael Ondaatje who just this year won the Golden Man Booker for The English Patient. All of us read this book. Once again, our panel is pretty split on this longlisted book. For the record, Andrew is wrong (I’ll try to argue why in the comment section). Here are our reviews… Read more

Book Beer Pairing: The Shepherd’s Hut – Tim Winton

Grab a strong one, you’re going to need it!

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Beer and Book Pairing: The Resurrection of Joan Ashby

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Our contributor, Nicole is back with a beer-book pairing. Check it out…

Published in: 2017
Reviewed by: Nicole
Rating: ★★★
Find it here:  The Resurrection of Joan Ashby

I got an email from Goodreads, but they said it was from A.M. Homes telling me I needed to read this book. I love her, so I listened. I knew it was a marketing ploy, but A.M. Homes!

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1001 Book Review – White Noise Don DeLillo

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White Noise by Don Delillo
Published in: 1985
Literary Awards: National Book Award
Reviewed by: Nicole
Rating: ★★★★★
Find it here: White Noise

“Helpless and fearful people are drawn to magical figures, mythic figures, epic men who intimidate and darkly loom.”

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Nicole’s Reviews – Helter Skelter Vincent Bugliosi

*Caution: controversial (and contains spoilers, but … uh … it’s history so … spoiler alert?!)

tell me, tell me, tell me the answer

you may be a lover but you ain’t no dancer

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