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2003 BookerThis is another year where we thought there was a standout winner and again we were surprised everyone does not see things the same way!

Oryx & Crake is a life-changing book. Margaret Atwood not only has a hugely creative imagination, she is a visionary. Perhaps that’s the advantage of reading this book a few years down the track, when some of the grotesqueness in the story is actually beginning to penetrate real life. We cannot stop talking about this novel or the characters. For that reason, it would definitely have been our pick for winner had we been Bookerthoning (!) in 2003.

However, in saying that Vernon God Little is a great story and raises many issues with its satirical vernacular, and we don’t begrudge it the win.

The Good Doctor and Brick Lane are also amazing books. Damon Galgut uses a beautiful writing style to tell of life in South Africa, and Monica Ali relays the complexities of life for a Bangladeshi woman living in London.

Notes on a Scandal and Astonishing Splashes of Colour are good reads and worth the investment of time, but not as standout as the four above.

Best book 1st-6th: Suzy:
Oryx And Crake
Vernon God Little
Brick Lane
The Good Doctor
Notes On A Scandal
Astonishing Splashes of Colour

Best book 1st-6th: Rachel:
Oryx And Crake
The Good Doctor
Vernon God Little
Brick Lane
Notes On A Scandal
Astonishing Splashes Of Colour

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