Ep 105; Man Booker 2014

Welcome to the latest episode of The Readers. This fortnight Simon and Thomas discuss the recently announced Man Booker Prize Longlist aswell as read-a-longs and reading challenges…

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The Man Booker Longlist 2014 () It is said to be one of the biggest prizes in the literary world and now it is open to the whole wide world, well if you can write a novel in English. Simon and Thomas have a chat about this years longlist and its relevancy. Here’s the list for you…

To Rise Again at a Decent Hour – Joshua Ferris (Viking)
The Narrow Road to the Deep North – Richard Flanagan (Chatto & Windus)
We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves – Karen Joy Fowler (Serpent’s Tail)
The Blazing World – Siri Hustvedt (Sceptre)
J –  Howard Jacobson (Jonathan Cape)
The Wake – Paul Kingsnorth (Unbound)
The Bone Clocks – David Mitchell (Sceptre)
The Lives of Others – Neel Mukherjee (Chatto & Windus)
Us – David Nicholls (Hodder & Stoughton)
The Dog – Joseph O’Neill (Fourth Estate)
Orfeo – Richard Powers (Atlantic Books)
How to be Both –  Ali Smith (Hamish Hamilton)
History of the Rain – Niall Williams (Bloomsbury)

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Read-a-longs and Reading Challenges () In the second part of the show Simon and Thomas talk about the pros and cons of read-a-longs and reading challenges. Which ones have they joined, and indeed started, and how did they get on with them be it good or bad?

Next time on the Readers () Thomas and Simon will be back in two weeks with more book based banter. Before then Simon will be back next Wednesday with Kate Forsyth on You Wrote The Book! Until next time thanks again for listening…

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