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Man Booker Prize 2015 Shortlist – buy the collection and choose your winner!

One of the most esteemed literary prizes, the Man Booker Prize 2015 Shortlist has been announced and once again Book People customers can enjoy owning all six titles in beautiful hardback for the price of just £30. That’s a £71 saving off the RRP.

Previous Booker Prize winners include Yann Martel, Hilary Mantel and Maragaret Atwood, but who will join them this year? 2015’s Booker Prize-shortlisted authors are Tom McCarthy, Chigozie Obioma, Marlon James, Hanya Yanagihara, Sunjeev Sahota and Anne Tyler. Below, we’ll look at each book in a little more detail.

Man Booker Shortlisted books 2015 collection books

Satin IslandTom McCarthy

Tom McCarthy Satin Island Man Booker Prize shortlist

Previously shortlisted for the Booker Prize back in 2010 for C, Satin Island finds Tom McCarthy introducing readers to U, a talented but uneasy consultant who’s ‘working’ for an elite consultancy in London. While he spends his day procrastinating and getting increasingly obsessed with the images of the world that surround him, he wonders if there’s a secret logic holding everything together…

 

The FishermenChigozie Obioma

Chigozie Obioma The Fishermen Man Booker Prize 2015 shortlist

In this story that captures the spirit of Cain and Abel, four Nigerian brothers take advantage of their father’s long commute to enjoy a day fishing at a forbidden river when they should be at school. When they encounter a madman, he tells them one brother will kill another. What happens next is an almost mythic event that leaves a tragic and redemptive impact on the entire family.

 

A Brief History of Seven KillingsMarlon James

Marlon James Bob Marley A Brief History Of Seven Killings Man Booker Prize 2015 Shortlist

Described by the New York Times as ‘Like a Tarantino remake of ‘The Harder they Come’ but with a soundtrack by Bob Marley’, this book will take you right back to the 1970s when reggae culture was all around. Set in the violent slums of Kingston and taking in everything from disco to excess, it reimagines the attempted assassination of Rasta legend, Bob Marley.

 

A Little LifeHanaya Yanagihara

Hanya Yanagihara A Little Life Man Booker Prize 2015 Shortlist

A tale of brotherly love and the limits of human endurance this powerful novel follows four graduates who move from a small Massachusetts college to New York to make their way in the world. The friends are quick-witted and sometimes cruel JB, aspiring actor Willem, frustrated architect Malcolm and at the core of the friendship is the enigmatic Jude, a withdrawn litigator whose childhood experiences mark him as increasingly broken.

 

The Year of the RunawaysSunjeev Sahota

Sunjeev Sahota The Year of the Runaways Man Booker Prize 2015 Shortlist

Praised by Kamila Shamsie, this novel tells of the bold dreams and daily struggles of the most unlikely family. Thirteen men live in a house in Sheffield and all of them are in desperate search of a new life. Sweeping between India and England, and childhood experiences and the present day, the book celebrates dignity in the face of adversity.

 

A Spool of Blue ThreadAnne Tyler

Anne Tyler A Spool of Blue Thread Man Booker Prize 2015 Shortlist

Also shortlisted for the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction 2015, Anne Tyler once again captures the trials and tribulations of family life in this tragic, comic novel. Abby and Red are getting older and decisions have to be made about how best to look after them and their beloved family home. The whole family has come to have the discussion, and from this moment hopes, fears, rivalries and tensions come to the fore.

Among the top book prizes around, you can also take a look at our favourite Man Booker award-winning books at this blog post.


David Levithan’s ‘Every Day’ wins the UKLA Book Award!

Every Day, David Levithan’s story of a character who wakes up in a different body every day and has to do no harm to those he has taken over – until he falls in love, was one of the winners at the UKLA (United Kingdom Literary Association) Book Award. Winning in the 12-16+ awards category, the book really is special. Similar in style and themes to John Green, it takes a mature look at the lives of young adults and the trials and tribulations they face. Described as ‘a highly original book which is handled with real integrity’ by the UKLA.

Philip Reeve and Sarah Macintyre’s Oliver and the Seawigs was the winner in the 7-11 category and was praised for the way it appealed to reluctant readers, with the UKLA saying: ‘It has been written and illustrated with such wit and so many highly original ideas that it reaches out to everyone’.

The final winner, for the 3-6 age group, was a huge favourite with Book People staff and customers – Drew Daywalt and Oliver Jeffers’ The Day the Crayons Quit. The story of some crayons who are bored of their day-to-day life (e.g. blue is fed up of being used for sea and sky) and go on strike, it’s a hilarious picture book that appeals to children and adults alike.

The UKLA Book Awards are voted for by teachers, showing which books have proven to be popular in classrooms across the country. All of us here at the Book People congratulate the winners and hope you will seek out these amazing books.


Queen of Teen 2014 – Veronica Roth

The countdown to crowning the new Queen of Teen is on! Here at the Book People we thought we’d take a closer look at those young adult authors lucky enough to be shortlisted. To find out more about Queen of Teen, the authors’ teen books, and cast your vote, visit www.queenofteen.co.uk.

Veronica Roth Queen of Teen

Veronica Roth

After writing the Divergent series, which has subsequently inspired a popular Hollywood run of films, Veronica Roth is regarded as one of the brightest new talents in literature. The Hunger Games meets I Am Number Four in the Divergent series and Tris is surely up there with Katniss Everdeen as one of the most inspirational characters from modern young adult fiction.

Set in a dilapidated version of her hometown of Chicago, Roth mixed science fiction, politics and a love story to great effect in the Divergent series. A novel which urged young readers to ask questions about the world in which they lived – and what it could become – these are important reads that became global bestsellers almost instantly, and with the success of the film, are still appealing to new readers now. At just 25 years old, Veronica Roth is already an author tipped for bigger and better things. Can she be Queen of Teen 2014 too? Vote for Veronica at www.queenofteen.co.uk/vote


Queen of Teen 2014 – S. C. Ransom

The countdown to crowning the new Queen of Teen is on! Here at the Book People we thought we’d take a closer look at those young adult authors lucky enough to be shortlisted. To find out more about Queen of Teen, the authors’ teen books, and cast your vote, visit www.queenofteen.co.uk.

Sue Ransom

S. C. Ransom

A senior headhunter in her day job, Sue Ransom made great use of her long commute by writing Small Blue Thing as a birthday present for her young daughter – on her Blackberry! After being picked up by Nosy Crow and being published by her pen name S. C. Ransom, the novel quickly became a hit with young readers everywhere and is now part of a bestselling trilogy, which has culminated in S. C. Ransom taking her place on the prestigious Queen of Teen shortlist for 2014.

Alex finds a mysterious new bracelet which allows her to see ghosts. After meeting – and falling for – Callum in St Paul’s Cathedral, she finds herself in a quandary about how to make their relationship work. Callum is everything boys at school are not – kind, attentive and romantic – but he’s also trapped in limbo with no hope of escape. He also appears to be hiding some dark secrets… If you fell for this supernatural love story, vote for S. C. Ransom at www.queenofteen.co.uk/vote


Queen of Teen 2014 – Natasha Farrant

The countdown to crowning the new Queen of Teen is on! Here at the Book People we thought we’d take a closer look at those young adult authors lucky enough to be shortlisted. To find out more about Queen of Teen, the authors’ teen books, and cast your vote, visit www.queenofteen.co.uk.

Natasha Farrant
Natasha Farrant

A favourite not only with Red House, but also in our FaberShop, we’re so excited to see Natasha Farrant, the author of The Diaries of Bluebell Gadsby, shortlisted for Queen of Teen 2014. A born-and-bred Londoner, who is three-quarters French with a little bit of Dutch thrown in, Natasha writes grown-up books for teens that cover many difficult subjects with plenty of heart.

After the wartime story of The Things We Did for Love, Natasha turned her attention to Bluebell, a character who has left a mark on young adult fiction. Just 13 years old, Bluebell reveals her innermost thoughts about life, grief, family and friendship through a series of diary entries and video transcripts. After the death of Bluebell’s twin sister Iris, the family are all trying to cope in different ways, with her parents seemingly more interested in their careers than their remaining children… If you love Natasha’s work, vote for her atwww.queenofteen.co.uk/vote!


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