Our Booker Prize 2020 Shortlist

WITH THE Booker Prize 2020 longlist announced last week we have scoured the shelves at Waterstones for our personal shortlist.

Check out our top picks below and let us know on our Facebook page which books you will be reading…

Burnt Sugar – Avni Doshi
Daring and deliciously dark, this debut novel from Avni Doshi is an account of a toxic mother-daughter relationship that crackles with intelligence and wit.

In her youth, Tara was wild. She abandoned her loveless marriage to join an ashram and spent years chasing an 'artist' - all with her young child in tow. Now she is forgetting things and her grown-up daughter is faced with the task of caring for a woman who never cared for her.

This untypical love story about betrayal between a mother and daughter is perfectly tragic in a way that only families can be and will keep you gripped until the very last sentence.

Redhead by the Side of the Road – Anne Tyler
At her winning and wistful best, this energetic novel from bestselling author Anne Tyler is an offbeat love story about the differences that makes us all unique.

Micah isn’t the most polished person, but he has his ways of navigating the world and is content with the steady balance of his life. However, when things start to tilt including his ‘woman friend’ getting evicted and a teenager claiming to be his son, Micah is confronted with another surprise he seems poorly equipped to handle.

This intimate look into the heart and mind of a man is another book by Tyler which is full of characters who leap of the page.

Such a Fun Age – Kiley Reid
This charming yet challenging debut novel by Kiley Reid holds up a topical mirror to race, class and gender in twenty-first century America.

When Emira is apprehended 'kidnapping' the white child she's babysitting, it sets off an explosive chain of events. However, when her employer Alix, a feminist blogger, resolves to make things right Emira is wary. But the two woman soon find themselves on a crash course learning about each other and the messy dynamics of privilege.

Interweaving race-related discoveries alongside friendship, motherhood and marriage, this witty debut novel is so interesting and timely that you can’t put it down.

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