WANT A GOOD READ? PICK UP ANY OF THESE MAN BOOKER PRIZE 2015 NOMINEESby Rajshree Faria August 9, 2015
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The art of writing has been considered one of greatest since times immemorial… and since 1969 the Man Booker Prize has been recognizing the authors who exhibit this talent. Listed here are the novels with their authors who have been granted the great honor of being included in the ‘Man Booker Dozen’, or simply, the longlist for the annual award:
Did You Ever Have a Family by Bill Clegg
The author is a literary agent based in New York and has written for the New York Times, New York magazine, The Guardian, and Harper’s Bazaar. His stunning debut fiction novel is a powerful story of how people come together in the midst of a tragedy to celebrate humanity with forgiveness and hope.
The Green Road by Anne Enright
Known for her razor sharp writing, Enright is no stranger to the world of Man Booker Prize as her novel ‘The Gathering’ had won the award in 2007. Her current book is a story of Rosaleen Madigan and her four children and tells the reader of their journeys, and what brings them back home one Christmas Day.
A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James
The Jamaican novelist has to his credit three widely acclaimed books. His Man Booker nominated book is about the attempted assassination of the great reggae musician Bob Marley in 1976 as he was set to perform at a free concert in the turbulent country, and the aftermath.
Sleeping on Jupiter by Anuradha Roy
This celebrated Indian author has in her latest book, masterfully intertwined the aspects of violence, religion, and love in the modern world as shown in Jarmuli, a town of temples set by the sea. Apart from being an award winning author, she is a journalist and editor, as well as the co-founder of Permanent Black, a publishing house.
The Year of the Runaways by Sunjeev Sahota
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Sahota has the honor of being in the Granta list of 20 best young British writers, courtesy of his debut novel ‘Ours are the Streets’ about a suicide bomber. His Man Booker nominated book is about the experience of thirteen illegal immigrants in Britain, all of whom are looking to build a better life in spite of the adversities they face in the new land.
Apart from these five brilliant novels, the other novels that have been distinguished for their amazing stories are ‘The Moor’s Account’ by Laila Lalami, ‘Satin Island’ by Tom McCarthy, ‘The Fishermen’ by Chigozie Obioma, ‘The Illuminations’ by Andrew O’Hagan, ‘Lila’ by Marilynne Robinson, ‘The Chimes’ by Anna Smaill, ‘A Spool of Blue Thread’ by Anne Tyler, and ‘A Little Life’ by Hanya Yanagihara
Each of these are gems in their own right, however, only one will receive the prestigious award in a black-tie dinner to be held on the 13th of October with a cash prize of £50,000. Until then, you may want to pick up these literary masterpieces and indulge yourselves in some deep thinking…