Last-Minute Booker Prize Predictions

The Man Booker Prize 2017 will be announced this evening (roughly 22:00 GMT, in my memory). Ever since the shortlist announcement I’ve felt that George Saunders is a shoo-in for Lincoln in the Bardo. I think he will win, and should. However, I’ve still only read four out of the six on the shortlist, so my predictions are not entirely based on personal knowledge of the books. I can’t say I’m hugely enthused about trying Auster or Hamid, but I’d be more likely to do so if either won.

The two from the shortlist that I own + the annual bookmark, picked up from the public library.

Here, in what I predict is their descending order of likelihood to win, are the six shortlisted titles, with a pithy three words on why each one would take the prize:

Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders – Something actually novel.

Exit West by Mohsin Hamid – Timely re: refugees.

Autumn by Ali Smith – Timely re: Brexit.

4 3 2 1 by Paul Auster – Great American Novel.

Elmet by Fiona Mozley – Gorgeous, talented debut.

History of Wolves by Emily Fridlund – Haunting, underrated debut.


What have you managed to read from the Booker shortlist? How do your predictions match up against mine?

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14 thoughts on “Last-Minute Booker Prize Predictions

    1. Thanks! I was definitely feeling smug last night 😉

      I’m one of the few, it seems, in that I wasn’t a fan of Autumn and won’t be reading the rest of the seasons series. I’d rather go back and catch up on her older books.

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  1. You called it! I like reading your predictions (even when I haven’t read any of the books), and I like that you include a short reason why you think they might be chosen.
    I’m most interested in Lincoln, Elmet, and History of Wolves.

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    1. Ha ha, thank you! Yes, that would be the dream. For now shadow panels are about my speed, but I think there is scope for a freelance reviewer/blogger to one day be on an official prize panel — the precedent has now been set with Costa choosing Simon Savidge to be a judge.

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