2014 Bookerthon

2014 BookerThe year of the longest and shortest titles!

This is the first year US authors have been eligible to enter the competition and two were shortlisted. One, To Rise Again At A Decent Hour, is very much an American book with American humour and neither of us really found it funny. It would be difficult to rate its winning potential.

However, all of the other five could make it, as far as we’re concerned.

How To Be Both is beautiful and clever but not the easiest read.

The Narrow Road To The Deep North, based on the true story of POWs being used as slave labour on the Burma Railway, is harrowing and beautiful all at once.

We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves is definitely the best read for a read’s sake, a real tear jerker and one we cannot comment on without giving it all away. A surprise package as the other of the two American books.

The Lives Of Others is an important historical saga with a complex array of characters and plotlines and J a well-constructed, dystopian masterpiece.

Rachel: This year I’m picking The Narrow Road To The Deep North by Richard Flanagan. It has everything on its side: readability, emotivity, stunning poetry-like prose, as well as being plot heavy and character driven – the whole package!

Suzy: Despite struggling with How To Be Both, it quickly became apparent to me that this is a work of pure genius – sigh.  Strongly recommended for people with high IQs! And my pick for winner this year. Thought The Narrow Road to the Deep North would also be a deserving winner in my opinion.

 

Best book 1st-6th: Rachel:
The Narrow Road To The Deep North
How To Be Both
We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves
J
The Lives Of Others
To Rise Again At A Decent Hour

Best book 1st-6th: Suzy:
How To Be Both
The Narrow Road To The Deep North
We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves
J
To Rise Again At A Decent Hour
The Lives Of Others

 

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