So we now know who has been longlisted for the 2013 Man Booker Prize and many of the authors will be appearing in events at this year’s Book Festival. Which will be the winner? We don’t know but we think this lot are in with a good chance…
Aw, Five Star Billionaire
Tash Aw’s Five Star
Billionaire follows five extraordinary characters, all of them
Malaysian migrants, as they forge new lives for themselves in the dazzling
streets of Shanghai.
See Tash Aw on Mon 19 Aug at 8.30pm, £10 (£8)
Eleanor Catton, The Luminaries
is a richly evocative historical mystery set in the goldmines of New Zealand.
When one man goes there to make his fortune he finds himself in the midst of a
series of unsolved crimes and a complex network of fate and fortunes.
See Eleanor Catton on Sat 24 Aug at 7pm, £7 (£5)
Richard House, The Kills
The Kills is an
epic novel of crime and conspiracy which moves across continents, characters
and genres. Beginning with a man on the run and ending with a burned body, it’s
an astonishing political thriller that began life as a sequence of four digital
books with accompanying
multimedia content that’s well worth a look.
See Richard House on Sun 18 Aug at 8:30pm £7 (£5)
Charlotte Mendelson, Almost English
is a heart-warmingly funny story following the troubled16 year-old Marina as
she struggles to fit into life in a new school and find her identity in a land
that isn’t home.
See Charlotte Mendelson on Sat 17 Aug at 7pm, £7 (£5)
Colm Tóibín, The Testament of Mary
The Testament of Mary
is a short and immensely powerful novel which sheds new light on this well
See Colm Tóibín on Tue 20 Aug at 4:30pm, £10 (£8)