Not the Booker- more

Posted 4 Aug 2015 by Jane Mathieson in Competitions & Prizes

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

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