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Man Booker & Guardian First Book Award Lists Announced

14th Sep 2012

Man Booker Shortlist

The Man Booker Prize announced their shortlist this week, while the Guardian First Book Award revealed their longlist. You may be scouring the lists of titles wondering which ones to read before the winners are announced.

Starting with The Guardian’s list, we’ve got the lowdown on Charlotte Rogan, author of The Lifeboat – a story of the ethics of survival in an extraordinary situation. Read our interview with her here.

Our three favourite books about sex includes Faramerz Dabhoiwala’s The Origins of Sex; A History of the First Sexual Revolution. The real first revolution in the Western world, according to this book, began in the mid 17th century.

The Man Booker shortlist also looks pretty enticing. There’s Deborah LevySwimming Home, a dark and brilliantly funny portrait of a family unravelling on holiday. Click here to find out about Levy’s independent and newly-created publisher, And Other Stories.

Hilary Mantel‘s contender this year is Bring up the Bodies,  the second instalment in charting Thomas Cromwell’s rise within the court of Henry VIII. Following on from Wolf Hall, it’s filled with menacing intrigue and the sinister political machinations of the era.

Judges announce the winner of the Man Booker on October 16th. As for the Guardian First Book Award, if you’re lucky enough to be in a participating book group, you get to choose the next round.

Which of the titles up for either of the prizes have you read so far? Which would you recommend?

Mekella Broomberg