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Man Booker Shortlist 2012

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Here is the ManBooker Shortlist. Just 6 books to rock your world, literally speaking.

Bring Up the Bodies (A John MacRae Book)
by Hilary Mantel
Would the sequel live up to expectations? Actually, yes. Hilary Mantel's talent for rich detail and sensuous atmosphere is still apparent, and Bring Up the Bodies is, in some ways, much more gripping and riveting than her prize-winning earlier book, Wolf Hall.

Swimming Home, by Deborah Levy
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Man Booker Prize Shortlisted 2012 As he arrives with his family at the villa in the hills above Nice, Joe sees a body in the swimming pool. But the girl is very much alive. She is Kitty Finch: a self-proclaimed botanist with green-painted fingernails, walking naked out of the water and into the heart of their holiday. Why is she there? What does she want from them all? And why does Joe's wife allow her to remain?

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September 19, 2012
The Garden of Evening Mists, by Tan Twan Eng
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Malaya, 1951. Yun Ling Teoh, the scarred lone survivor of a brutal Japanese wartime camp, seeks solace among the jungle-fringed tea plantations of Cameron Highlands. There she discovers Yugiri, the only Japanese garden in Malaya, and its owner and and creator, the enigmatic Aritomo, exiled former gardener of the emperor of Japan. Despite her hatred of the Japanese, Yun Ling seeks to engage Aritomo to create a garden in memory of her sister, who died in the camp. Aritomo refuses but agrees to accept Yun Ling as his apprentice “until the monsoon comes.” Then she can design a garden for herself.

Narcopolis, by Jeet Thayil
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The internationally acclaimed novel of Bombay's sprawling underworld. Written in poetic and affecting prose, Jeet Thayil's luminous debut novel charts the evolution of a great and broken metropolis across three decades. A rich, hallucinatory dream that... (read more)Umbrella, by Will Self
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Radical and uncompromising, Umbrella is a tour de force from one of England's most acclaimed contemporary writers, and Self 's most ambitious novel to date. It is 1971, and Zachary Busner is a maverick psychiatrist who has just begun working at a... (read more)

The Lighthouse, by Alison Moore
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The Lighthouse begins on a North Sea ferry, on whose blustery outer deck stands Futh, a middle-aged, recently separated man heading to Germany for a restorative walking holiday. Spending his first night in Hellhaus at a small, family-run hotel, he... (read more)

 

 

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