In a marathon episode, Rob and Kate settle in to discuss what they thought of the samples they read from the Man Booker Prize longlist 2015, in addition to the two novels they’ve read in full – A Little Life and A Spool of Blue Thread.
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In past years, Rob and Kate have both read all the Kindle samples of the whole ‘Booker Dozen’, and discussed them over two episodes, but to fit in our chat before the announcement of the shortlist on Tuesday 15th September, they’ve split the list in two this year, and they each pick their top three, including the two novels they’ve read in full, to form a personal shortlist – listen in to hear what they choose…
Bill Clegg (US) – Did You Ever Have a Family (Jonathan Cape) – Rob
Anne Enright (Ireland) – The Green Road (Jonathan Cape) – Rob
Marlon James (Jamaica) – A Brief History of Seven Killings (Oneworld Publications) – Kate
Laila Lalami (US) – The Moor’s Account (Periscope, Garnet Publishing) – Kate
Tom McCarthy (UK) – Satin Island (Jonathan Cape) – Rob
Chigozie Obioma (Nigeria) – The Fishermen (ONE, Pushkin Press) – Kate
Andrew O’Hagan (UK) – The Illuminations (Faber & Faber) – Rob
Marilynne Robinson (US) – Lila (Virago) – Kate
Anuradha Roy (India) – Sleeping on Jupiter (MacLehose Press, Quercus) – Rob
Sunjeev Sahota (UK) – The Year of the Runaways (Picador) – Kate
Anna Smaill (New Zealand) – The Chimes (Sceptre) – Kate
Anne Tyler (US) – A Spool of Blue Thread (Chatto & Windus) – Kate
Hanya Yanagihara (US) – A Little Life (Picador) – Rob
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Episode 140. An Adventures With Words production.