Over the course of the next eight days, leading up the Man Booker shortlist announcement on September 10th, each one of our eight bloggers will champion a different nominated title and explain Why it Will Win the coveted prize.
Today, Aaron explains why he’s 100% certain that Richard House’s The Kills will be crowned the victor on October 15th.
Rating: 3.5 The Spinning Heart A Novel by Donal Ryan 2012 /160 pages
The picture on the front cover depicts a gate, with the picture on the Irish cover going further and depicting a red heart in the centre of the gate. The reason for this detail, and a detail best provided by the Irish cover, is provided to the reader at the very outset of the book. Bobby Mahon opens The Spinning Heart by saying he dutifully goes to check on his father each day at the cottage he was raised in. He goes there each day to check to see if the old man has died yet – and Bobby is disappointed every one of those days – for no, unfortunately, he has not. As for the gate:
“There’s a red metal heart in the centre of the low front gate, skewered on a rotating hinge. It’s flaking now; the red is nearly gone. It needs to be scraped and sanded and painted and oiled. It still spins in the wind, though. I can hear it creak, creak, creak as I walk away. A flaking, creaking, spinning heart.”
I know, I know, never judge a book by its cover, right? But how can you help it? Like it or not, we’re all highly visual beings and cover art can make or break a book when it comes to sales.
Below I’ve complied all the different covers that have been released across the globe for each of the 13 Booker nominees. Let’s play a little game. Comment below and tell us, based on looks alone, who would get the Booker for best cover design?