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Posts by Nicole Del Sesto

The Booker 2020 Long List has arrived

We are super pumped to be reading ….(a bunch of books we didn’t predict!)

The New Wilderness by Diane Cook (US) (US Pub date August 11)
This Mournable Body by Tsitsi Dangarembga (Zimbabwe) (Amazon pub date says 2018)
Burnt Sugar by Avni Doshi (US) (don’t see a US pub date)
Who They Was by Gabriel Krauze (UK) (UK pub date September 3)
The Mirror and The Light by Hilary Mantel (UK)
Apeirogon by Colum McCann (Ireland-US)
The Shadow King by Maaza Mengiste (Ethiopia-US)
Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid (US)
Real Life by Brandon Taylor (US)
Redhead by The Side of the Road by Anne Tyler (US)
Shuggie Bain by Douglas Stuart (Scotland-US)
Love and Other Thought Experiments by Sophie Ward (UK)
How Much of These Hills is Gold by C Pam Zhang (US)


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The 2020 Booker Longlist Predictions Post!


The official longlist for this years Booker Prize is due to be announced on July 28 (midnight UK on the 27th!)  so in the “readersroom” tradition of recent years we have assembled our shadow panel and put together our own predictions for the longlist.

Here’s hoping our 2020 Booker longlist far surpasses 2020 everything else.

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Apeirogon: A Novel – Colum McCann

Could this be the start of Booker season?  I really hope so.  Last year I was very wrong with my hopes and dreams for On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous.


Apeirogon: A Novel – Colum McCann 
Published: February 25, 2020
Reviewed by: Nicole
Rating: 5/5

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An early look at upcoming 2020 books.

I hit an ARC jackpot at Edelweiss last month and got to read some of the most anticipated books of 2020.  The only one I didn’t get that I wanted was The Glass Hotel (come on Knopf!)

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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

lost children

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

early riser

Every Winter, the human population hibernates.

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Man Booker 2018 Predictions


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


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