Its been a great reading experience, with a hearty stack of titles almost all of which entertained me. The Booker Dozen (or thereabouts) was a good progression, avoiding a baggy long longlist with titles quick to fall by the wayside.
My personal shortlist would have been -
The Gift of Rain
- which gives an overall picture of a reader who leans toward a liking for the miserable. A fairly accurate assessment!
If I had to pick a winner that also features in the judges shortlist my prize would go to Animal’s People. It was striking and entertaining, handling a serious issue without detriment to literature. And the further I move away from reading it, the clearer it stays in my mind.
I have an inkling that that judges are likely to pick Darkmans or Mister Pip - but from now till the news, I’ll keep my fingers crossed for Indra Sinha. See you on the other side.