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Man Booker prize 2011 shortlist

September 6, 2011 Leave a comment Go to comments

Judges have revealed the six novels left in contention for this year’s prize. Find out what they’re about – and what our reviewers thought of them

The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes
Barnes tackles the disappointments of ageing, the slipperiness of memory and the intensity of youthful experience, as narrator Tony remembers his brilliant schoolfriend Adrian and his difficult first girlfriend Veronica. The bequest of a diary puts all his comfortable certainties into question.
Read the Guardian’s review

Jamrach’s Menagerie by Carol Birch
Birch’s 11th novel, also longlisted for the Orange, is a brilliantly vivid recreation of the 19th-century London docks and a doomed expedition to the South Pacific to capture a ‘dragon’ for the charismatic naturalist Jamrach. Birch combines precise historical detail with epic themes of wanderlust and survival.
Read the Guardian’s review

Patrick deWitt, The Sisters Brothers
Eli and Charlie Sisters are hired killers on the American west coast in 1851, during the Gold Rush in the Sierra Nevada mountains. Caught in a cycle of inflationary violence, Eli begins to wonder if there’s not an easier way to make a life, in a Western that explores humanity in the face of huge economic and technological change
Read the Guardian’s review

Half Blood Blues by Esi Edugyan
Canadian author Edugyan’s second novel begins soon after the fall of Paris in 1940, when jazz trumpeter Hieronymous Falk is arrested in a cafe. He is never heard from again. Just 20, he was both a German citizen, and black. Fifty years later, Sid, Hiero’s bandmate and the only witness that day, is going back to Berlin.
Read the Guardian’s review

Pigeon English by Stephen Kelman
The epidemic of teenage knife crime is the backdrop to this debut, in which an 11-year-old Ghanaian boy turns detective after witnessing the aftermath of a murder on a London estate. Voice is all in a novel that offsets adult realities with the innocent argot of small boys.
Read the Guardian’s review Read the Observer’s review


Snowdrops by AD Miller
Miller, a former Russian correspondent of the Economist, tackles Putin-era corruption in this assured debut. The narrator, an English lawyer living in Moscow, finds his morals compromised when he becomes entangled in a shady property deal.
Read the Guardian’s review
Read the Observer’s review




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