The week of April 11 promises to be an interesting one – it is the week of shortlist announcements.

April 11 International Foreign Fiction Prize shortlist announcement

April 12 Orange prize and the IMPAC Dublin shortlist announcements

Inbetween literary festivals and overtime (imposed by another altogether more prosaic deadline), I have been reading from the associated longlists.  My last 3 reads have been longlist reads (Wolf Hall – IMPAC, Fame and Dark Matter – International Foreign Fiction Prize) and I hope to catch up on reviews soon.  The short story is that I have been having a fantastic time and I want to keep that going for the next 3 weeks until the shortlist announcement.   I’ve rummaged through the TBR and come up with the following candidates.

From the IFFP and IMPAC longlists:  Red April -Santiago Roncagliolo

More IMPAC candidates:  The Library of Shadows – Michel Birkegaard, Brodeck’s Report – Philippe Claudel, The Lacuna – Barbara Kingsolver, This is How – M J Hyland, Let The Great World Spin – Colum McCann, In A Dark Wood – Marcel Moring,  Brooklyn – Colm Toibin (The longlist is 126 titles long – I’m sure there are a few more of these in the house somewhere.)

From the Orange Longlist: The Memory of Love – Aminatta Forna, Great House – Nicole Krauss, The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives – Lola Shoneyin

Any recommendations on where to start?