The Lost Man Bookers

You be the judge.

One year the Man Booker Prize eligibility rules changed and a bunch of novels–by people like Muriel Spark and Iris Murdoch–fell through the cracks. So they’re holding another contest and the public gets to vote. Sort of a People’s Choice Award for British novels of 1970.

The shortlist:

(Note: Iris Murdoch didn’t make the cut!)

  • The Birds on the Trees by Nina Bawden (Virago)
  • Troubles by J G Farrell (Phoenix)
  • Fire From Heaven by Mary Renault (Arrow)
  • The Driver’s Seat by Muriel Spark (Penguin)
  • The Vivisector by Patrick White (Vintage)
  • The Bay of Noon by Shirley Hazzard (Virago)

And The Driver’s Seat is already sitting on my shelf…

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