The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry

2013 BookerMarks Long List Projections

I would like to take a stab again to guess a few titles that might make the long list.  A compilation of 2013 eligible titles can be found on Goodreads.

First on my list of hopefuls for the longlist would be Kate Atkinson’s Life After Life.  Life After Life has already been short listed for the 2013 Women’s Prize and lost to AM Homes’ May We Be Forgiven. 

The main reason I would like to have it appear on the long list is that I have already finished 25% of it.  Shallow reason, I know, but my reasoning none the less.  So far it is an intriguing read in which 4 of my Goodreads friends have read and rated 4 stars or better.   It is also “leading” the voting on the  Goodreads Man Booker 2013 Eligible list. (more…)

Our Shortlist Predictions

Man BookerWe’re just one day away from the official 2012 Man Booker short list announcement and we’re finally ready to unveil our group picks for what we think are the most deserving titles in the bunch.

It should be noted that our process wasn’t super scientific and that not every blogger read every book.  In fact, most books have only 2-4 reviews.  What we did was assign a rating on a 1-5 scale (half numbers were fine) for each novel we read.  We then totaled the score for each novel and divided by the number of bloggers who read the book.  The six titles that scored the highest are our predicted short list.  We’ll be shaking up the scoring methodology in the next round, where all of our bloggers have committed to reading all of the short listed titles in order to better predict the overall winner.

Without further delay, here are the six books that as a group we feel should move on to the short list round:


Know Your Booker!: Rachel’s Joyce’s The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry

The_Unlikely_Pilgrimage_Of_Harold_FrySo you think you know everything there is to know about Rachel Joyce’s Booker nominated novel The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry? Test your knowledge against our GoodReads quiz here!

What’s it about?

The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry is described by the book’s publisher Doubleday as follows:

When Harold Fry leaves home one morning to post a letter, with his wife hoovering upstairs, he has no idea that he is about to walk from one end of the country to the other.

He has no hiking boots or map, let alone a compass, waterproof or mobile phone.

All he knows is that he must keep walking.

To save someone else’s life.


Book Review: 2012 Long Listed: Alison Moore’s The Lighthouse (Review #2)

The_LighthouseRating: 3.5
The Lighthouse
A Novel by Alison Moore
2012 / 192 Pages

The Setup: 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 finds the landlady hospitable but is troubled by an encounter with an inexplicably hostile barman.

In the morning, Futh puts the episode behind him and sets out on his week-long circular walk along the Rhine. As he travels, he contemplates his childhood; a complicated friendship with the son of a lonely neighbour; his parents’ broken marriage and his own. But the story he keeps coming back to, the person and the event affecting all others, is his mother and her abandonment of him as a boy, which left him with a void to fill, a substitute to find.

He recalls his first trip to Germany with his newly single father. He is mindful of something he neglected to do there, an omission which threatens to have devastating repercussions for him this time around.

At the end of the week, Futh, sunburnt and blistered, comes to the end of his circular walk, returning to what he sees as the sanctuary of the Hellhaus hotel, unaware of the events which have been unfolding there in his absence. (From the hardcover edition)


Book Review: 2012 Long Listed: Sam Thompson’s Communion Town (Review #3)

Communion_TownRating: 4.0
Communion Town
A Novel by Sam Thompson
2012 / 288 Pages

The Setup: ‘Have you noticed how each of us conjures up our own city?’

Every city is made of stories: stories that meet and diverge, stories of the commonplace and the strange, of love and crime, of ghosts and monsters.

Reminiscent of David Mitchell’s GHOSTWRITTEN and Italo Calvino’s INVISIBLE CITIES, this is the story of a place that never looks the same way twice: a place imagined anew by each citizen who walks through the changing streets among voices half-heard, signs half-glimpsed and desires half-acknowledged.

This is the story of a city. (From the hardcover edition)


The Man Booker Award 2012 Longlist

ManBookerMan Booker fever is upon us!  Today the 12 novels that made the longlist were finally revealed and we’ve compiled each of their full descriptions for you below on one easy to read page.  The 6 titles that make the shortlist cut will be announced on September 11th and the ultimate winner of the prize will be announced on October 16th.

Look for this page to be updated with links to reviews as we continue to make our way through the longlist and keep checking BookerMarks for even more up to the minute Man Booker coverage.