Amazingly, in these unpredictable times, The Booker longlist was released a week ago. Much as I like to be the voice of the people in these matters, I am confounded by the number of books on it that I haven’t read due to altered release dates and also the number of debuts on the list – 8 in total! This seems slightly bizarre to me. I obviously can’t comment on how good or not they are but I thought recognition by the Booker marked a certain pinnacle in an author’s works (not to be confused with a lifetime achievement award even though the actual book nominated is not the author’s best…) They may all be outstanding but it seems a bit early on in a career to have reached that point with one’s first novel… However, I am excited to give them a go and am ready to eat my large, floppy sunhat!
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I have actually been on a reading high recently. These books have helped restore my faith in humanity which is being sorely tried by the sight of the litter on the beaches recently! I return home from walks spent picking up a small percentage ready to weep enough to rival Alice’s Pool of Tears. So my picks this week are:
The Weekend, Charlotte Wood – a brilliant and moving novel about friendship, old age and a dog.
The Diary of a Provincial Lady, E. M. Delafield – which we have read for our Classics book group today and had me laughing out loud on the tube although no-one could enjoy that happy sight as it took place behind a mask.
Sweet Sorrow, David Nicholls –reminded me of the pain and awkwardness of youth and the eternal joy of Shakespeare.