“When Korede’s dinner is interrupted one night by a distress call from her sister, Ayoola, she knows what’s expected of her: bleach, rubber gloves, nerves of steel and a strong stomach. This’ll be the third boyfriend Ayoola’s dispatched in, quote, self-defence and the third mess that her lethal little sibling has left Korede to clear away. She should probably go to the police for the good of the menfolk of Nigeria, but she loves her sister and, as they say, family always comes first. Until, that is, Ayoola starts dating the doctor where Korede works as a nurse. Korede’s long been in love with him, and isn’t prepared to see him wind up with a knife in his back: but to save one would mean sacrificing the other…”
Last night (or more accurately, in the wee hours of this morning), I was woken by a police helicopter. I immediately, tired and annoyed, reached for my phone and updated my status on good old Facebook:
Then turned and saw the title of my current read, To Rise Again at a Decent Hour by Joshua Ferris. Two hours later, I was still hoping…
Sitting, reading on the bus, I laughed out loud. The man sitting next to me shifted and then changed seats. 🙂 I’m not mad… honest! 😉
So it begins – my attempt to read as many books as I can, from the Man Booker Prize for Fiction’s 2014 longlist, before the winner is announced. Only 12 books and 8/9ths of a book to go! Wish me luck. Xx
The Man Booker Prize has announced its longlist! I love this time. I have a fantasy that I’ll manage to read all of them before the winner is announced – I never quite manage it! ‘Hats off’ to the judges… I would love to stay in bed reading through.
It’s the first Man Booker Prize to admit novels from across the globe as long as they are written in English. The six judges chaired by philosopher Anthony Grayling have chosen 13 books by four Americans, six Britons, two Irish writers and one Australian.
And the longlist is…
To Rise Again at a Decent Hour, Joshua Ferris (Viking)
The Narrow Road to the Deep North, Richard Flanagan (Chatto & Windus)
We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves, Karen Joy Fowler (Serpent’s Tail)
The Blazing World, Siri Hustvedt (Sceptre)
J, Howard Jacobson (Jonathan Cape)
The Wake, Paul Kingsnorth (Unbound)
The Bone Clocks, David Mitchell (Sceptre)
The Lives of Others, Neel Mukherjee (Chatto & Windus)