Exit West (2017) by Mohsin Hamid

Pakistani author, Mohsin Hamid brings the reader on an epic journey with Exit West. The novel follows two young people, Nadia and Saeed, whose love grows against a backdrop of unrest in their city. A tale of immigration, hope and how the political can become personal, it’s no surprise this compelling novel received a Booker nod. 

The Ministry Of Utmost Happiness (2017) by Arundhati Roy

The second novel from previous Booker-winner Arundhati Roy, this is a tale of interweaving lives across India. Roy is known for being a brilliant storytelling but also pushing the novel form in new directions and this new work is no different. Telling the story of Anjum, who is shunned by society, and Tilo, the novel ultimately paints a picture of hope.

Autumn (2016) by Ali Smith

Ali Smith is one of the UK’s most acclaimed writers and it is no surprise to find her on the Man Booker Prize longlist. Autumn is the first of a forthcoming quartet which will examine the subjectivity of time. Smith is known for her brilliant prose and deft touch, with ‘Autumn’ looking at age, identity, art, friendship and more.  

Days Without End (2016) by Sebastian Barry

Irish writer, Sebastian Barry has already won accolades for this captivating novel. Following a young Irish man fighting in the USA’s Civil Wars, it is a powerful, moving and often hilarious tale of family and duty.  

Swing Time (2016) by Zadie Smith

Swing Time is a gripping novel telling the story of two friends who love to dance. When one of them hits success and ends up travelling the world, notions of success and the value of friendship are explored sensitively and compellingly. 

The Underground Railroad (2016) by Colson Whitehead

American author, Colson Whitehead here explores racial tensions in the pre-Civil War era, probing and recreating the fear many black people had to live in. An unflinching look at our uncomfortable shared history, this one is a must-read. 

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