2007 Bookerthon

Booker 2007We thoroughly enjoyed our first Bookerthon, and feel privileged to have read six of the best books of the year one after another. We are pleased to see a Kiwi amongst the contenders, as well as Ian McEwan, whom we both adore.

In picking our winners, we have considered the following categories: readability, significance and writing style (from a complete novice point of view!)

Overall, we consider five of the six to have qualities worthy of winning: Mister Pip, The Reluctant Fundamentalist and Animal’s People are all profound and human, set amongst real-life atrocities, and Darkmans is a detailed and unique story. On Chesil Beach is from the master himself, and while we do both respect his genius, we have differing views of where this one sits in the shortlist favourites order.

The book we do not think is a contender is The Gathering. Something so dreary fails our readability criteria and couldn’t make up for it with the other two categories.

In the end we’ve both picked our favourites for the same reasons: slap-in-the-face reality, highly developed characters and ability to promote a cause through a fictionalised truth. So for Rachel it’s Animal’s People and for Suzy Mister Pip.

 

Best book 1-6: Rachel:

Animal’s People
Mister Pip
The Reluctant Fundamentalist
On Chesil Beach
Darkmans
The Gathering

Best book 1-6: Suzy:

Mister Pip
On Chesil Beach
Animal’s People
Darkmans
The Reluctant Fundamentalist
The Gathering

 

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