but something unusual happened today.  The Booker shortlist was announced …. and all 6 books are already in hand.   So unusual, this is a first.  As I’m on restricted book buying from now until the end of the year (i.e 1 book per month – embargos don’t work so I’ve given up on them), it would be churlish of me not to take the opportunity to read the shortlist before the announcement.  I have very mixed emotions, having read some of the less than enthusiastic comments out there, some of which I suspect I may endorse.  So I’m going to read the 6 starting with those of highest personal interest, and I’m not going to push myself to the end of something I find unfinishable.  I’m really curious to know if the 6 will cross the finishing line in the same sequence.

So, without further ado, here is the Booker 2011 shortlist in Lizzy’s reading sequence.

Booker Shortlist 2011

From top down:  Julian Barnes – The Sense of An Ending, Esi Edugyan – Half Blood Blues; Patrick De Witt – The Sisters Brothers; A D Miller – Snowdrops ; Carol Birch – Jamach’s Menagerie; Stephen Kelman – Pigeon English

Anyone else trying this?

P.S I’ve already read the Barnes (review to follow later this week) and it’s going to be very difficult to beat …….

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