As the Race for the Booker Prize Ends, Revisit Its Beginnings (Literally)

Each side had a lot going for it. The judges could, I figured, award a novel that capped an impressive oeuvre: Crace’s Harvest is his 11th work of fiction; Tóibín’s The Testament of Mary is his 10th book. Or they could salute brilliantly budding careers: Bulawayo’s We Need New Names is her first novel, and […]

Booker Prize 2020: Jack Reacher author Lee Child joins judging panel

Previously, Child said: “The idea that thrillers are peripheral to literature drives me nuts. The thriller concept is why humans invented storytelling, thousands of years ago. The world was perilous and full of misery, so they wanted the vicarious experience of surviving danger.

Hilary Mantel up for third Booker prize as 2020 longlist announced

Independent press Oneworld, which won two consecutive Booker prizes with Marlon James’s A Brief History of Seven Killings and Paul Beatty’s The Sellout, also makes the cut this year for Diane Cook’s The New Wilderness, the short-story writer’s first novel. Following a mother who moves away from a polluted metropolis with her young daughter in […]

Dame Hilary Mantel is tipped for her third Man Booker Prize as the longlist is revealed

‘We counted. It was more than half the list. That’s an unusually high proportion, and especially surprising to the judges themselves, who had admired many books by more established authors, and regretted having to let them go.

Avni Doshi, Hilary Mantel in Booker Prize longlist

US-born and UK-educated Doshi’s novel ‘Burnt Sugar’ has received rave reviews, while Mantel’s ‘The Mirror & The Light’ will bid for another Booker prize. Mantel previously won the prize twice for the first two novels in the trilogy.

Debut novels dominate 2020 Booker Prize longlist

Indian-origin author Avni Doshi’s ‘Burnt Sugar’ also in the race for the coveted £50,000 prize. Dubai-based Indian-origin author Avni Doshi is among the 13 authors longlisted for the prestigious 2020 Booker Prize for her debut novel Burnt Sugar, alongside double Booker winner Hilary Mantel for The Mirror and The Light. The so-called ‘Booker Dozen’ was […]

Indian-origin author Avni Doshi on 2020 Booker Prize longlist

The New Wilderness by Diane Cook (Oneworld Publications)This Mournable Body by Tsitsi Dangarembga (Faber & Faber)Burnt Sugar by Avni Doshi (Hamish Hamilton, Penguin Random House)Who They Was by Gabriel Krauze (4th Estate, HarperCollins)The Mirror & The Light by Hilary Mantel (4th Estate, HarperCollins)Apeirogon by Colum McCann (Bloomsbury Publishing) The Shadow King by Maaza Mengiste (Canongate […]

At last, a Booker prize longlist I want to read

Book Twitter was excited but baffled that the offerings we usually expect to be on the list were not there. But to me, the 2020 longlist has got everything; The Mirror & the Light, obviously, because the literary world would collapse in on itself if any prize ignored the trials and tribulations of Cromwell via […]

Out of the Darkness: Adiga’s White Tiger rides to Booker victory against the odds

The novel takes the form of seven letters addressed by Balram to the Chinese premier on the eve of a state visit, and its tone is almost Dickensian, as the unpleasant reality of contemporary Indian society is revealed via mordant sketches of characters, from millionaires in their air-conditioned tower blocks to the unfortunates who are […]

Kazuo Ishiguro Wins Nobel Prize in Literature

British novelist Kazuo Ishiguro has been awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature this year for novels that have “have uncovered the abyss beneath our illusory sense of connection with the world,” according to the Swedish Academy. Ishiguro’s two most famous works are The Remains of the Day, about an English butler grappling with love and […]