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    The Man Booker Prize-winning novel of 1971, V.S. Naipaul's In a Free State is first the story of an Indian servant who becomes an American citizen in Washington, but still feels like an outsider. This is followed by an account of a disturbed Asian West Indian in London who is in jail for murder...

    This wide-ranging novel then moves to a fictional country in Africa where two English characters feel liberated, but they won't be safe for long and have to take a long drive to a safe compound...

    Expertly written and full of wonderful prose, this incredible novel ranks as one of V.S. Naipaul's greatest books and is full of thought-provoking moments of violence and rage.
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    Michael Ondaatje's The English Patient won the 1992 Man Booker Prize and was also adapted into an Oscar-winning film by Anthony Mingella starring Ralph Fiennes and Kristin Scott Thomas.

    The Second World War is drawing to a close and the nurse, Hana, is tending to her sole remaining patient in an abandoned Italian villa. Rescued from a burning plane, the anonymous Englishman is damaged and haunted. The only clue to his identity is a copy of The Histories of Herodotus, that has been covered with handwritten notes about a tragic love affair.

    Beautifully written and compelling, this is a masterful piece of fiction.
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    Tenth of December author George Saunders' Lincoln in the Bardo won the Man Booker Prize in 2017. It focuses on Abraham Lincoln and the death of his 11-year-old son Willie at the dawn of the Civil War.

    Newspapers reported that Lincoln often returned to the crypt to hold his boy's body and from this historical template, Saunders has cultivated a story about familial love and loss that takes a supernatural twist: Willie Lincoln is trapped in a transitional realm (known in Tibetan tradition as the bardo) while all sorts of beasts try to take his soul...

    With voices ranging from the living to the dead and the historical to fictional, this humorous novel is completely exhilarating and asks how we live and love when we know that everything we hold dear will end?
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    Written by Hilary Mantel, one of Britain's finest writers, Wolf Hall won the Man Booker Prize in 2009 and was adapted into a hugely popular BBC drama starring Mark Rylance, Claire Foy and Damian Lewis.

    Set during the Tudor period of 1500 to 1535, this expertly written novel follows Thomas Cromwell's rise to power and looks at how his influence spreads throughout politics.

    It features many famous characters from this time in history and shows how Tudor England was a tumultuous place full of passion and pain.
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    Penelope Lively's 1987 Man Booker Prize-winning novel Moon Tiger is a powerful account of loss and desire. It follows the beautiful, famous and independent Claudia Hampton as she suffers from a terminal illness - but she's determined to make the most of what life she has left...

    Harking back to her childhood following the First World War and through the Second, Claudia tells about all the people who shaped her life and those she loved and lost - from her brother Gordon to her untrustworthy lover Jasper and cool daughter Lisa. She also fondly recalls Tom, her one true love...

    Very evocative, complex and full of subtle moments, this is a poignant and perfect novel about the joys and fragility of life.
  • Man Booker Prize 2017 Shortlist - 6 Books - Collection - 9990000033195
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    Once again, we've brought together all six books (in keepsake hardback) that make up the Man Booker Prize Shortlist - including George Saunders' winner, Lincoln in the Bardo. Do you agree with the judges' decision of awarding this prestigious award to a supernatural thriller that features Abraham Lincoln's son?

    Celebrating the best contemporary fiction of the past 12 months, this year's shortlist has something for everyone and with our brilliant value collection, you're bound to find something to love. This year's list has everything from thought-provoking novels from acclaimed authors including Paul Auster and Ali Smith to a simply stunning debut from Fiona Mozlet.

    Among these brilliant books are an atmospheric debut about violence in contemporary society; an intelligent read about relationships, time and ageing; a love story about two people bonding in a world that is falling apart; Paul Auster's account of four parallel lives; and a novel that asks 'how far would you go to belong?'
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    Roland Barthes is knocked down in a Paris street by a laundry van. It's February 1980 and he has just come from lunch with Francois Mitterrand, a slippery politician locked in a battle for the Presidency. Barthes dies soon afterwards. History tells us it was an accident. But what if it were an assassination? What if Barthes was carrying a document of unbelievable, global importance? A document explaining the seventh function of language - an idea so powerful it gives whoever masters it the ability to convince anyone, in any situation, to do anything. Police Captain Jacques Bayard and his reluctant accomplice Simon Herzog set off on a chase that takes them from the corridors of power and academia to backstreet saunas and midnight rendezvous. What they discover is a worldwide conspiracy involving the President, murderous Bulgarians and a secret international debating society. In the world of intellectuals and politicians, everyone is a suspect. Who can you trust when the idea of truth itself is at stake?
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    1976: Seven gunmen storm Bob Marley's house, machine guns blazing. The reggae superstar survives, but the gunmen are never caught. From the acclaimed author of The Book of Night Women comes a dazzling display of masterful storytelling exploring this near-mythic event.

    Spanning three decades and crossing continents, A Brief History of Seven Killings chronicles the lives of a host of unforgettable characters - slum kids, one-night stands, drug lords, girlfriends, gunmen, journalists, and even the CIA. Gripping and inventive, ambitious and mesmerising, A Brief History of Seven Killings is one of the most remarkable and extraordinary novels of the twenty-first century.
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    Longlisted for 2014's Man Booker Prize for Fiction, Karen Joy Fowler's We are All Completely Beside Ourselves is an exciting book that will leave you breathless.

    A novel full of secrets, it tells the story of college girl Rosemary, who has decided not to tell anyone a thing about her family. All people know is that she's an only child and her brother and sister disappeared. But now she's decided to reveal all - beginning towards the end and then going back to the beginning. Twice.

    Funny, clever, intimate and honest, this is a smart tale of tragic hilarity.
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    Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2015, Hanya Yanagihara's A Little Life is an extraordinary novel all about heartbreak and the tyranny of experience and memory.

    Four graduates move from their small Massachusetts college to New York to make their way in life, but soon find themselves broken and adrift and only bouyed by their friendship and ambition.

    Willem is an aspiring actor; JB is a quick-witted and sometunes cruel artist looking to make his way in the industry; Malcolm is a frustrated architect; and the troubled but enigmatic litigator Jude is at the centre of their friendship.

    Jude's life is increasingly broken and fears he'll never be able to overcome his unspeakable childhood, but can his friends help him through it all?
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    Arundhati Roy's The Ministry of Utmost Happiness is a No.1 bestseller that has been longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2017. Original, emotional and profound, it is Roy's first novel in 20 years - and it's been well worth the wait.

    The story spools from the cramped neighbourhoods of Old Delhi through to the Valley of Kashmir and the forests of Central India, where war is peace and peace is war. It's a place where 'normalcy' is declared on an occasional basis.

    An aching love story about heroes who have been broken by the world they live in and subsequently rescued and mended by love and hope. This is a timely tale from a master storyteller...
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    FLIGHTS, which was awarded Poland's biggest literary prize in 2008, is a novel about travel in the twenty-first century and human anatomy. From the seventeenth century, we have the story of the real Dutch anatomist Philip Verheyen, who dissected and drew pictures of his own amputated leg, discovering in so doing the Achilles tendon. From the eighteenth century, we have the story of a North African-born slave turned Austrian courtier stuffed and put on display after his death in spite of his daughter's ever more desperate protests, as well as the story of Chopin's heart as it makes the covert journey from Paris to Warsaw, stored in a tightly sealed jar beneath his sister's skirt supports. From the present we have the trials and tribulations of a wife accompanying her much older professor husband as he teaches a course on a cruise ship in the Greek islands, or the quest of a Polish woman who immigrated to New Zealand as a teen but must now return in order to poison her terminally ill high school sweetheart, or the slow descent into madness of a young husband whose wife and child mysteriously vanished on a vacation on a Croatian island and then appeared again with no explanation.These narratives are interspersed with short bursts of analysis that enrich and connect them, including digressions on relics, travel-sized cosmetics, belly dancing, maps, the Maori, Wikipedia, Cleopatra, Ataturk, the effects of airports on the psyche, and many more rich and varied topics. Perfectly intertwining travel narratives and reflections on travel with observations on the body and on life and death, Olga Tokarczuk guides the reader beyond the surface layer of modernity and deeper and deeper towards the core of the very nature of humankind.
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    Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction 2016 Shortlisted for the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Award 2016 A biting satire about a young man's isolated upbringing and the race trial that sends him to the Supreme Court, The Sellout showcases a comic genius at the top of his game. Born in the 'agrarian ghetto' of Dickens on the outskirts of Los Angeles and raised by a single father, a controversial sociologist, the narrator of The Sellout spent his childhood as the subject in racially charged psychological studies. He was led to believe that his father's pioneering work will result in a memoir that will solve his family's financial woes. But when his father is killed in a police shoot-out, he realizes there never was a memoir. All that's left is the bill for a drive-thru funeral. Fuelled by this deceit and the general disrepair of his hometown, the narrator sets out to right another wrong: Dickens has literally been wiped off the map to save California from further embarrassment. Enlisting the help of the town's most famous resident - the last surviving Little Rascal, Hominy Jenkins - he initiates the most outrageous action conceivable: reinstating slavery and segregating the local high school, which lands him in the Supreme Court. In his trademark absurdist style, which has the uncanny ability to make readers want to both laugh and cry, The Sellout is an outrageous and outrageously entertaining indictment of our time.
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    David Nicholls brings to bear all the wit and intelligence that graced ONE DAY in this brilliant, bittersweet novel about love and family, husbands and wives, parents and children. Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize for Fiction 2014. Douglas Petersen understands his wife's need to 'rediscover herself' now that their son is leaving home. He just thought they'd be doing their rediscovering together. So when Connie announces that she will be leaving, too, he resolves to make their last family holiday into the trip of a lifetime: one that will draw the three of them closer, and win the respect of his son. One that will make Connie fall in love with him all over again. The hotels are booked, the tickets bought, the itinerary planned and printed. What could possibly go wrong?
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    This book is shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2013, and US National Book Award 5 Under 35. 'To play the country-game, we have to choose a country. Everybody wants to be the USA and Britain and Canada and Australia and Switzerland and them. Nobody wants to be rags of countries like Congo, like Somalia, like Iraq, like Sudan, like Haiti and not even this one we live in - who wants to be a terrible place of hunger and things falling apart?' Darling and her friends live in a shanty called Paradise, which of course is no such thing. It isn't all bad, though. There's mischief and adventure, games of Find bin Laden, stealing guavas, singing Lady Gaga at the tops of their voices. They dream of the paradises of America, Dubai, Europe, where Madonna and Barack Obama and David Beckham live. For Darling, that dream will come true. But, like the thousands of people all over the world trying to forge new lives far from home, Darling finds this new paradise brings its own set of challenges - for her and also for those she's left behind.
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    Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2015, Sunjeev Sahota's The Year of the Runaways is a heartstopping novel praised by the Guardian and the Spectator.

    An unlikely family have been thrown together by circumstance and the 13 men are now living in a house in Sheffield; all in search of a new life. A former rickshaw driver refuses to discuss his past; Avtar has a secret that ties him to the chaotic Randeep; and Randeep has a visa-wife on the other side of town...

    A sweeping story that takes you between India and England, and childhood and the present day, this is an unforgettable book about dignity in the face of adversity.
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    One of the great contemporary European writers takes on Europe's biggest issueRichard has spent his life as a university professor, immersed in the world of books and ideas, but now he is retired, his books remain in their packing boxes and he steps into the streets of his city, Berlin. Here, on Alexanderplatz, he discovers a new community -- a tent city, established by African asylum seekers. Hesitantly, getting to know the new arrivals, Richard finds his life changing, as he begins to question his own sense of belonging in a city that once divided its citizens into them and us.At once a passionate contribution to the debate on race, privilege and nationality and a beautifully written examination of an ageing man's quest to find meaning in his life, Go, Went, Gone showcases one of the great contemporary European writers at the height of her powers.
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    Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2017 and winner of the Goldsmiths Prize, Mike McCormack's Solar Bones is a modern masterpiece - it's a novel narrated in a single sentence.

    It focuses on Marcus Conway, a man who has got into the rhythm and routine of his daily life. An engineer, he likes to ponder how things are constructed (including bridges, banking systems and marriages) and how they subsequently fall apart...

    This is a tender novel, told in continuous, flowing prose.
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    Run away, one drowsy summer's afternoon, with Holly Sykes: wayward teenager, broken-hearted rebel and unwitting pawn in a titanic, hidden conflict. Over six decades, the consequences of a moment's impulse unfold, drawing an ordinary woman into a world far beyond her imagining. And as life in the near future turns perilous, the pledge she made to a stranger may become the key to her family's survival ...
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    It is 1866, and Walter Moody has come to make his fortune upon the New Zealand goldfields. On arrival, he stumbles across a tense gathering of twelve local men, who have met in secret to discuss a series of unsolved crimes. A wealthy man has vanished, a whore has tried to end her life, and an enormous fortune has been discovered in the home of a luckless drunk. Moody is soon drawn into the mystery: a network of fates and fortunes that is as complex and exquisitely patterned as the night sky. The Luminaries is an extraordinary piece of fiction. It is full of narrative, linguistic and psychological pleasures, and has a fiendishly clever and original structuring device. Written in pitch-perfect historical register, richly evoking a mid-19th century world of shipping and banking and goldrush boom and bust, it is also a ghost story, and a gripping mystery. It is a thrilling achievement and will confirm for critics and readers that Catton is one of the brightest stars in the international writing firmament.
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    "A masterful psychological thriller." - Ian Stephen. A brutal triple murder in a remote northwestern crofting community in 1869 leads to the arrest of a young man by the name of Roderick Macrae. There's no question that Macrae is guilty, but the police and courts must uncover what drove him to murder the local village constable. And who were the other two victims? Ultimately, Macrae's fate hinges on one key question: is he insane? A story ingeniously recounted through the accused's memoir, trial transcripts and newspaper reports, His Bloody Project is a riveting literary thriller that will appeal to fans of Hannah Kent's Burial Rites.
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    Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2015 and the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction 2015, Sunday Times bestselling author Anne Tyler's A Spool of Blue Thread is a family saga to lose yourself in.

    Abby Whitshank has been telling the story of how her and Red fell in love to her family for years, but this time it's different. The couple are getting older and decisions ave to be made about how best to look after them and their beloved family home.

    As the whole family comes together, the conversation spools back through three generations of the Whitshanks, witnessing the events, secrets and unguarded moments that have come to define who and what they are. Naturally, hopes, fears, rivalries and tensions rise to the fore.
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    Tenth of December author George Saunders' Lincoln in the Bardo is a novel that has been longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2017. it focuses on Abraham Lincoln and the death of Willie, his 11-year-old son, at the dawn of the Civil War.

    Newspapers reported that Lincoln often returned to the crypt to hold his boy's body and from this historical template, Saunders has cultivated a story about familial love and loss that takes a supernatural twist: Willie Lincoln is trapped in a transitional realm (known in Tibetan tradition as the bardo) while all sorts of beasts try to take his soul...
    With voices ranging from the living to the dead and the historical to fictional, this humorous novel is completely exhilarating and asks how we live and love when we know that everything we hold dear will - and must - end?
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    LONGLISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE 2016. "Fully lives up to the hype. A taut psychological thriller, rippled with comedy as black as a raven's wing, Eileen is effortlessly stylish and compelling." (Robert Douglas-Fairhurst, The Times). The Christmas season offers little cheer for Eileen Dunlop. Trapped between caring for her alcoholic father and her job as a secretary at the boys' prison, she tempers her dreary days with dreams of escaping to the big city. In the meantime, her nights and weekends are filled with shoplifting and cleaning up her increasingly deranged father's messes. When the beautiful, charismatic Rebecca Saint John arrives on the scene as the new counsellor at the prison, Eileen is enchanted, unable to resist what appears to be a miraculously budding friendship. But soon, Eileen's affection for Rebecca will pull her into a crime that far surpasses even her own wild imagination.