Not the Booker prize shortlist 2014

The last tigerThe shortlist for ‘Not the Booker prize’ is in.  Donna Tartt’s Pulitzer prize winner and Tony Black’s Last Tiger both have young protaganists Thoe aged 13 and Myko aged 12.

Simon Sylvester – The Visitors 

Nobody moves to the remote Scottish island of Bancree, and few leave – but leaving is exactly what 17-year-old Flo intends to do. So when a mysterious man and his daughter arrive at isolated Dog Cottage, Flo is curious. Who would willingly choose to live in such solitude? The man’s brooding handsomeness is extraordinary; and there’s something unusual about his daughter Selina that Flo cannot help but be drawn towards. But people aren’t only arriving on Bancree, they are disappearing too

Donna Tartt  – The Goldfinch 

Aged 13, Theo Decker, son of a devoted mother and a reckless, largely absent father, survives an accident that otherwise tears his life apart. Alone and rudderless in New York, he is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. He is tormented by an unbearable longing for his mother, and down the years clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, strangely captivating painting that ultimately draws him into the criminal underworld. As he grows up, Theo learns to glide between the drawing rooms of the rich and the dusty antiques store where he works. He is alienated and in love and his talisman, the painting, places him at the centre of a narrowing, ever more dangerous circle

Tony Black – The Last Tiger 

It’s 1910 and 12-year-old Myko and his family have fled the Czarist occupation of their native Lithuania for the freedom of America, only to discover their ship has arrived in Tasmania, the once notorious prison island of the British Empire, known as Van Diemen’s Land. Myko wonders what will become of them as he watches his father, Petras, and mother, Daina, become anxious about how they will survive in this new land where tigers roam. But when Petras takes work as a trapper, and Myko discovers the den of the last tigers, the family are thrust into a fight over the last of these beautiful, wild beasts

Louis Armand – Cairo 

Iain Maloney – First Time Solo 

Mahesh Rao – The Smoke Is Rising 

‘The Not the Booker’ – the most democratic literary prize – needs you

Guardian mugThe longlist for the Man  Booker prize  will be announced on Wednesday 23rd July. Who will make the cut? Well you can’t influence the judges for that prize but you can vote for your favourite book in the The Not The Booker prize which is in its sixth year and even be on the judging panel. Not only that, you can help discover some exciting new books and new talented authors along the way.

First nominate your favourite book  by 27th July Choose from all those theoretically eligible for this year’s Man Booker prize longlist- any “full-length novel, written originally in English and published in the UK by an imprint formally established in the UK” between 1 October 2013 and 30 September 2014.

Then there’ll be a shortlist vote, where you decide on two books to go forward. They must be written by two different people and published by two separate publishing companies. 

Once the shortlist is in place, each book is read in turn, at the rate of roughly one a week, and  reviews are posted inviting further discussion, argument etc etc

The final vote is made in combination with a readers’ panel. They’re chosen from those who contribute most to the shortlist read-through. This could be you, Sam Jordison wields the casting vote.

The winner will be announced on 13th October in the Guardian and the prize is a Guardian mug.

Find out  all the other important details of the prize, rules and regulations.



Not the Booker prize – Neil Gaiman leads

image-medium (15)‘The truly democratic, reader-judged books prize, Not the Booker is returning for another year of high-toned brawling. Seconds out!’

Neil Gaiman currently leads the voting, this one gets a 5* from one of our readers –

Neil Gaiman – The Ocean at the End Of The Lane (50 votes)

It began for our narrator 40 years ago when the family lodger stole their car and committed suicide in it, stirring up ancient powers best left undisturbed. Dark creatures from beyond the world are on the loose and it will take everything our narrator has just to stay alive

Kate Atkinson – Life After Life (35 votes)

What if you had the chance to live your life again and again, until you finally got it right? During a snowstorm in England in 1910, a baby is born and dies before she can take her first breath. During a snowstorm in England in 1910, the same baby is born and lives to tell the tale. What if there were second chances? And third chances? In fact an infinite number of chances to live your life? Would you eventually be able to save the world from its own inevitable destiny? And would you even want to? ‘Life After Life’ follows Ursula Todd as she lives through the turbulent events of the last century again and again. With wit and compassion, she finds warmth even in life’s bleakest moments, and shows an extraordinary ability to evoke the past

Lucy Cruickshanks – The Trader of Saigon (34 votes)

As a US Army deserter, Alexander is a man without country; trapped in a life he no longer controls and embroiled in the dark business of trading women. His latest victim is Hanh, a rural girl who moved to Hanoi to escape inevitable poverty and who sees Alexander’s arrival as the answer to her prayers. Neither of them has ever met Phuc – a Vietnamese businessman who backed the wrong side in the war and is now unable to pay his financial and political debts to the Party. But his struggles are about to change both their lives

Zoe Venditozzi – Anywhere’s Better Than Here (31 votes)

Suzie Tullett – Little White Lies and Butterflies (31 votes)

Winners will be announced on 12th October

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