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Not the Booker prize
Further to the Not the Booker prize, just under 1,000 people voted and this is the shortlist of 6 titles.
80 votes - Kirstin Innes – Fishnet (Freight Books)
74 votes - Kat Gordon – The Artificial Anatomy of Parks (Legend Press)
70 votes - Oliver Langmead – Dark Star (Unsung Stories)
63 votes - Paul McVeigh – The Good Son (Salt)
61 votes - Tasha Kavanagh – Things We Have in Common (Canongate)
58 votes - Melanie Finn - Shame (Weidenfeld & Nicolson)
Neither of my choices made it through this year. In case you are wondering I voted for Mr Mac and Me by Esther Freud which I believe has been seriously overlooked by all this year's awards. And in a spirit of solidarity with "northern" publisher and friend to Time To Read, Bluemoose Books, The Secret to Not Drowning by Colette Snowden which I am reading currently.
I have already read one of the shortlisted titles and didn’t consider it a prize-winner. I won’t say which. But of course I am now intrigued. Was my judgement wrong? Or am I just not in tune with the sorts of books that make it through to this prize? Dare I say it ? Could I be too old?
If you want to shadow and take part in this process you now have until 5th October to read the 6 titles listed above. There will then be an opportunity to vote for your favourite.
If you want to keep up with this process follow the Guardian’s Book pages