The Man Booker Prize For Fiction 2018 Shortlist

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The six novels that have made it on to this year’s Man Booker Prize shortlist have been announced.

They are:

The Long Take by Robin Robertson

Milkman by Anna Burns

Everything Under by Daisy Johnson

Washington Black by Esi Edugyan

The Mars Room by Rachel Kushner

The Overstory by Richard Powers

Have you read any of them yet? I haven’t, but I do like the sound of several of them, especially “The Long Take”, described as “like a poem that’s long been waiting to be written” by the Los Angeles Review of Books.

Over the years I have read and enjoyed quite a few Booker Prize winners. Several stand out in my mind: “The Blind Assassin” by Margaret Attwood, “Possession” by A.S. Byatt and “Wolf Hall” by Hilary Mantel, to name but a few.

Believing in the hype

I resisted reading Yann Martel’s “Life Of Pi” for years because there was so much hype around it. When I did get round to reading it, I found the hype had been justified! It is a fantastic read and still remains vivid in my mind.

Book prizes like the Booker are brilliant sources of reading inspiration. They also provide endless hours of discussion for book club members! You might not like every winner, but that’s part of the fun. Trying new authors can only ever be a good thing in my opinion, and you never know – you might just discover a new favourite.

The winner of the Man Booker Prize 2018 will be revealed on Tuesday October 16.

Angela Gilchrist

Angela is Editor-in-Chief of “The People’s Friend” magazine. Her passions include cats, Highland ponies, good books, vegetarian food and long walks in the Scottish countryside. Her favourite place to get away from it all is the magical Isle of Skye.