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Booker Prize Shortlist 2008

emma who reads a lot
 
The Northern Clemency
The Northern Clemency
"Ten years in Sheffield from 1974 to 1984, taking on two families with Tolstoyan grandeur"
The White Tiger
The White Tiger
"Debut novel from Time magazine's Asia correspondent, told through the letters of a successful businessman who has committed a ruthless act to get to the top"
The Secret Scripture
The Secret Scripture
"An alternative history of Ireland told from a mental hospital by a 90 year old woman, authored by a great prose stylist"
Sea of Poppies
Sea of Poppies
"Ghosh has written many well-loved novels: the Sea of Poppies refers to the Opium Wars, which are threaded through this historical story like silk"
A Fraction of the Whole
A Fraction of the Whole
"It's another biggie: an Australian son remembers his totally awful-sounding father. Funny and over the top."
The Clothes On Their Backs
The Clothes On Their Backs
"Grant is a well-loved writer in this country and the only woman on the shortlist: Jewish girl with a rubbish set of cards in life is inspired to think differently by dodgy Uncle Sandor"