That time again: The Man Booker Shortlist.

Lest you forget this is, at heart, a book blog, I'd like to interrupt the lovely Scotland talk to briefly address my annual love-hate rant about the Man Bookers. The shortlist's just come out, tripping the switch for my traditional snarky comments outlining all the reasons it's utterly ridiculous. I bitch and moan first, puffing …

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Booker Shortlist 2016: the blood-letting of Coetzee and Strout

  Once more unto the breach. The Shortlist is upon us. I protest I have not the time read them, yet I've never let this stop me from opining with gusto. I opine because literature is my life - qualification enough. What's interesting about this year's shortlist isn't only the titles that made it through, …

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man booker 2015: one expert’s flawed opinions

Lo, these many years I have participated in the largely futile game of guessing the Man Booker winner. I've had successes and failures but mostly it's a maddening exercise in literary addiction, tinged with galloping insanity. Nevertheless, I am always happy to offer an opinion totally devoid of actual research or, really, much effort at …

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The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton

Hardcover: 848 pages Publisher: Little, Brown and Company; First Edition edition (October 15, 2013) Language: English ISBN-10: 0316074314 ISBN-13: 978-0316074315 “Reason is no match for desire: when desire is purely and powerfully felt, it becomes a kind of reason of its own.” - The Luminaries "It’s a lot of fun, like doing a Charlotte Brontë-themed …

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Man Booker 2013. The winner is: Eleanor Catton

Congratulations, Eleanor! Seems my guess was the kiss of death for Jim Crace and NiViolet Bulwayo. Sorry about that, you two. Especially to Jim Crace. That man should not stop writing, almost as much as I should, in order to protect the innocent. I'm upset with him for his insistence he's done. He wants to …

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