With last night’s announcement of the Man Booker International Prize shortlist, I think all shortlists of interest have been declared.
– The Petrona Award (1)
– Rathbones Folio Prize (2)
– Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction (4 plus 2 already read)
The numbers in brackets indicate the number of shortlist titles in my TBR. It’s clear that some judging panels didn’t take that into account when making their choices! 😂 Nevertheless, with some crossovers (titles appearing on more than one shortlist), and 1 or 2 purchases (OK 3), I now have 16 shortlisted titles. Just enough for a tournament to keep me entertained and away from further purchases until publication of the Edinburgh Book Festival Programme on June 8th ( following which there will be a flurry of acquisitions.)
Where possible books competing for the same prize are paired with each other in the first round. Otherwise my logic – just go with it. The resulting draw (edited on 22.04 with the late inclusion of two titles from the Helen and Kurt Wolff translation prize shortlist) is as follows. I’m quite pleased with this. Two groups: one for Anglophone fiction, the second for translated. The two meeting only in the finaL
The Barry vs Tremain bout has been settled as I read both novels for the Costa Prize in January. I’m reversing the decision I made then, because Days without End has simply stayed with me better than The Gustav Sonata, and Walter Scott Prize Winners are always memorable!