This morning, the shortlist for this year’s Man Booker Prize was revealed.

  • A Spool of Blue Thread, by Anne Tyler
  • The Fisherman, by Chigozie Obioma
  • A Little Life, by Hanya Yanagihara
  • A Brief History of Seven Killings, by Marlon James
  • The Year of the Runaways, by Sunjeev Sahota
  • Satin Island, by Tom McCarthy

I’ve read only two of the six, Satin Island and A Spool of Blue Thread, and I wish neither the prize. From the longlist, I’d also read Marilynne Robinson’s Lila (which was the favorite on the forum) and Andrew O’Hagan’s The Illuminations. I really didn’t like The Illuminations, but I loved and continue to love more and more Lila. Alas . . .

Thoughts on the shortlist?

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By |2015-09-15T11:51:54+00:00September 15th, 2015|Categories: Book Prize News|6 Comments


  1. Adrienne September 15, 2015 at 3:08 pm

    Still behind the times here in Colorado! :-)

    I love Anne Tyler, though I have not yet read this one…. And I read a brief interview with Chigozie Obiorna in Poets & Writers the other day.

    So I am without educated opinion…

  2. Lee Monks September 15, 2015 at 3:26 pm

    I think A Little Life is going to win. I have no idea how it’s on the shortlist at the expense of any number of books but I’d put money on it now.

  3. audreyschoeman September 16, 2015 at 12:28 am

    I found Lila a little disappointing after Gilead and Home, so less than surprised that it’s missing. A Brief History is the only other longlist book I read and it was very good, but not great, so I’m unsure about that one. I’m planning on reading the Chigozie Obiorna next, as I have high hopes for that ‘One’ imprint, let’s see!

    Downloaded the ‘A Little Life’ sample to my Kindle and gave up without even reaching the end, so that isn’t a good sign.But there’s been so much buzz I may eventually feel inclined to try again.

  4. chrisphillips September 16, 2015 at 10:15 am

    Happy to report that my review of A Little Life will soon be complete…

    I think it will probably win.

  5. Lee Monks September 16, 2015 at 11:13 am

    Chris: Do you think it should, or is that too spoilerish re: your review…?

  6. Arsen September 17, 2015 at 10:58 pm

    I wouldn’t count out The Year of the Runaways. It’s garnered great U.K. reviews but hasn’t been released in the U.S. yet.

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