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5.0 out of 5 stars Unexpected..., 7 Aug 2013
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I can't remember the last time I audibly gasped whilst reading a book? I enjoyed Unexploded so much more than I expected. Historical romance isn't my first choice of reading matter, but then this is hardly a conventional romance. At times the prose was quite beautiful, and yet the subject matter was often ugly and dark. This was a compelling, uncomfortable read, and I couldn't put it down.

I have now read 4 of the 2013 Man Booker longlist. I very much expect Unexploded to be on the shortlist. Should it win? I have read the last 6 winners and think I prefer this to any of them! But is it better than Jim Crace's Harvest?
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Initial post: 29 Aug 2013 07:07:59 BDT
D. Drew says:
"Harvest" is, indeed, excellent. But I was fascinated by "Five Star Billionaire" and, truth be told, my favorite so far is "The Spinning Heart". Thanks for your review and thoughts on the Booker.

In reply to an earlier post on 7 Oct 2013 16:54:37 BDT
John Goddard says:
I loved Spinning Heart, and was disappointed it wasn't on the shortlist. I think Harvest is the likely winner. I wouldn't be disappointed if A Tale for the Time Being won, but I think Jim Crace's novel has the edge and the momentum. But what do I know? I didn't rate Hilary Mantel's winning books at all...
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