25 Nov 2023

Long Read: Weighing the Booker Prize shortlist

From The Detail, 5:00 am on 25 November 2023

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composite of Paul Lynch and the cover of his book Prophet Song

This year’s Booker chair Esi Edugyan said the six finalists typified the “unease” of the moment, although the Sydney Morning Herald felt that unease was understating the case. “Sheer terror swirls through some contenders," she said. Photo: supplied

This week, a long read about a short list. 

RNZ executive editor Jeremy Rees read and reviewed every book shortlisted for this year's Booker prize, so you don't have to.

Jeremy Rees joins the podcast to traverse the controversial history of the world's most prestigious literary award, and to review this year's six hopefuls.

One of the great joys of the Booker is not just the novels, it is the highly entertaining literary spats and occasional odd choices. There have been some doozies.

I can’t really explain why I decided to lie awake for the last five weeks reading the Booker shortlist into the night. But here’s what I found. 

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