To celebrate the announcement of the 2016 Booker Prize, this week we bring you our top picks straight from the prestigious long list.
1. The Sellout by Paul Beatty
Winner of this year’s prize, The Sellout is Beatty’s third novel. We follow an unknown narrator based in Los Angeles who attempts to reintroduce slavery and segregation. Satirical and controversial in equal measure, The Sellout has been highly praised by critics around the world. On the move, download the audiobook today!
2. The Schooldays of Jesus by J.M Coetzee
Coetzee’s sequel to his 2013 offering, The Childhood of Jesus was longlisted for this year’s Booker prize. We resume the story of David, an inquisitive young boy living in a new town. Coetzee’s novel is a coming of age tale which asks important questions about parenting, growing up and the battle between intellect and emotion.
3. Serious Sweet by A.L Kennedy
Serious Sweet follows a fateful day in the lives of two damaged but decent Londoners, Jon and Meg. Examining what it means to attempt to make moral choices in an immoral world, Serious Sweet is an unusual and often tender love story.
4. Hystopia by David Means
Told through the eyes of a twenty-two year old veteran of the Vietnam war, Hystopia explores the reality of trauma on a personal and national scale. Looking at a fictional federal agency created to maintain the nation’s mental health by wiping out soldiers’ memories, Hystopia dives into a complex moral battle ground.
5. My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout
Bed-bound after complications following an operation, Lucy Barton is visited in hospital by her estranged mother. Forced to confront the good and bad of their relationship, My Name is Lucy Barton is a tender and telling tale about daughters and their mothers.