Man Booker Shortlist 2011

The shortlist is full of excellence and interest: from the established and wonderful Julian Barnes, through two debutantes, A D Miller & Stephen Kelman, to the rising stars of Patrick deWitt, Esi Edugyan and Carol Birch. Barnes is now the bookmaker’s favourite (death kiss?). I’m backing Patrick deWitt’s The Sisters Brothers, but Carol Birch’s Jamrach’s Menagerie looks like a fantastic novel and may slow burn its way to the top. All I do know is that it would take a brave reader to put a large dollop of money on any of them at this stage. There’s a good break down of the books on The Independent’s website, as well as the Man-Booker site.

Here are the books themselves (follow the links to see more) buy them through our website and we will send them freight free anywhere within NZ:

The Sense of an Ending (released 16 September)

by Julian Barnes

Tony Webster and his clique first met Adrian Finn at school. Sex-hungry and book-hungry, they would navigate the girl-less sixth form together, trading in affectations, in-jokes, rumour and wit. Maybe Adrian was… read more

Jamrach’s Menagerie

by Carol Birch

London, 1857: After surviving an encounter with an escaped tiger on the streets of Bermondsey, nine-year-old Jaffy stumbles into a job for its owner, the wild animal collector, Mr Jamrach. Commissioned by Jamrach to find and collect a sea dragon… read more

The Sisters Brothers

by Patrick deWitt

Oregon, 1851. Eli and Charlie Sisters, notorious professional killers, are on their way to California to kill a man named Hermann Kermit Warm. On the way, the brothers have a series of unsettling and violent experiences in the Darwinian landscape… read more

Half Blood Blues (Publisher currently out of stock)

by Esi Edugyan

This is a new part of an old story: 1930s Berlin, the threat of imprisonment and the powerful desire to make something beautiful despite the horror.  The aftermath of the fall of Paris, 1940. Hieronymous Falk, a rising star on the cabaret scene… read more

Pigeon English

by Stephen Kelman

Newly arrived from Ghana with his mother and older sister, eleven-year-old Harrison Opoku lives on the ninth floor of a block of flats on an inner-city housing estate. The second best runner in the whole of Year 7, Harri races through his new life in his personalised trainers – the Adidas stripes drawn on with marker pen… read more


by A. D. Miller

an intensely riveting psychological drama that unfolds over the course of one Moscow winter, as a young Englishman’s moral compass is spun by the seductive opportunities revealed to him by a new Russia: a land of hedonism and desperation, corruption and kindness, magical dachas and… read more

The winner will be announced on the 18th of October.


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