As much as I disagree with the idea of pitting books against one another in competition I do enjoy exploring some of the Booker nominees that may have gone under my radar.
Delighted to see the inclusion of two of my favourite authors, Jim Crace and Colum McCann. Cue dramatic rise in book sales!
Here is the list in full:
Tash Aw, Five Star Billionaire (Fourth Estate)
NoViolet, Bulawayo We Need New Names (Chatto & Windus)
Eleanor Catton, The Luminaries (Granta)
Jim Crace, Harvest (Picador)
Eve Harris, The Marrying of Chani Kaufman (Sandstone Press)
Richard House, The Kills (Picador)
Jhumpa Lahiri, The Lowland (Bloomsbury)
Alison MacLeod, Unexploded ( Hamish Hamilton)
Colum McCann, TransAtlantic (Bloomsbury)
Charlotte Mendelson, Almost English (Mantle)
Ruth Ozeki, A Tale for the Time Being (Canongate)
Donal Ryan, The Spinning Heart (Doubleday Ireland)
Colm Tóibín, The Testament of Mary (Viking)
So. who is your money on?