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The Man Booker Prize Shortlist

In Book Review on September 19, 2012 at 2:07 pm

 

The Man Booker Prize promotes the finest in fiction by rewarding the very best book of the year. The prize is the world’s most important literary award and has the power to transform the fortunes of authors and publishers. All these books can be borrowed for free from Brent Libraries. If they are not in stock – reserve them for free

The sequel to ‘Wolf Hall’, ‘Bring up the Bodies’ explores one of the most mystifying and frightening episodes in English history: the destruction of Anne Boleyn.

 

 

 

 The Garden of Evening Mists is the eagerly awaited second novel from the author of The Gift of Rain

 

 

 

 

 

Stretching across three decades, ‘Narcopolis’ portrays a city in collision with itself. With a cast of pimps, pushers, poets, gangsters and eunuchs, it is a journey into a sprawling underworld written in electric and utterly original prose.

 

 

  Swimming Home’ is a subversive page-turner, a merciless gaze at the insidiuos harm that depression can have on apparently stable, well-turned-out people. Set in a summer villa, the story is tautly structured, taking place over a week in which a group of beautiful, flawed tourists in the French Riviera come loose at the seams.

 

 

  The Lighthouse begins on a North Sea ferry, on whose blustery outer deck stands Futh, a middle aged, recently separated man heading to Germany for a restorative walking holiday. As he travels, he contemplates his childhood; a complicated friendship with the son of a lonely neighbour; his parents’ broken marriage and his own. But the story he keeps coming back to, the person and event affecting all others, is his mother and her abandonment of him as a boy, which left him with a void to fill, a substitute to find.

 

 Her father raises his umbrella and, thrusting her in front of him, they cut through the gaggle. Mister Death, the conductor says, tipping his hat, and they squeeze up the stairs and make their way to the front seat.

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