This week the 2015 Man Booker Prize Longlist was released. This is my most anticipated lit prize of the year and you can be sure that the longlist will have a few gems on it. This year I’ve picked two books from the list that I expect to be really good.
The first is The Fisherman by Chigozie Obioma. This novel stood out for me because of what Eleanor Catton, author of The Luminaries and Man Booker Prize winner, said about it: “Awesome in the true sense of the word…Few novels deserve to be called ‘mythic,’ but Chigozie Obioma’s The Fisherman is certainly one of them. A truly magnificent debut.” I’m sold. If that’s not enough for you then how about the New York Times saying: “Obioma truly is the heir to Achebe.” I must read this book! (GoodReads)
The second novel I chose from the MB longlist is The Chimes by Anna Smaill. This novel is set in “a reimagined London, in a world where people cannot form new memories, and the written word has been forbidden and destroyed. In the absence of both memory and writing is music.” Yes, please! The rest of the longlist will no doubt be taken apart by my fellow book bloggers so I’ll wait to hear what you all have to say before I pick anything else. (GoodReads)
New to my TBR is Visionmongers by David duChemin. This book comes highly recommended for those who want to take their photography into a more commercial direction. duChemin is said to be very readable; with a writing style that is both informative and enjoyable to read. Looking forward to this. (GoodReads)
I recently became aware of the books of John Brockman, publisher of edge.org, who poses a question to some of the greatest and most influential minds of our time and their answers become the subject matter of his books. The truth is I want to read them all. Check them out on GoodReads and you’ll see what I mean – interesting stuff! The book that makes this list is This Will Make You Smarter edited by John Brockman. The question Brockman poses for this book is “What scientific concept would improve everybody’s cognitive toolkit?” with contributions from Daniel Kahneman, Jonah Lehrer, Richard Dawkins, Aubrey De Grey, Steven Pinker, Daniel C. Dennett, Matt Ridley, and Brian Eno to name but a few. (GoodReads)
The last addition to my TBR this month is The Element by Ken Robinson. An oldie (originally published in 2000) but apparently a goodie for those looking to read into creativity and self-fulfillment. This book is about finding the point where your natural talent and personal passion intersects – finding your element. (GoodReads)
What are your thoughts? Have you read any of these? I’d love to hear about it – you might save me some time.