The Green Carnation prize short list is out.
Having to choose between the only two I’ve read, A Place Called Winter and Mrs Engels, my vote would go to Gavin McCrea for Mrs Engels.
There are a lot of similarities between the books as both are based on real life historical people and both books are told in the first person. In both cases the author fills in an interior personal life where the historical record is sketchy. The writing in each is a pleasure to read.
I would recommend reading both but I enjoyed Mrs Engels more. See my original review of it here.
I’ll review A Place Called Winter separately soon.
A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James is also on the short list. It won this year’s Man Booker Award. I know the author is gay but to tell the truth I don’t know if there is anything gay about the book itself or not. I know several people who bought it after it won the Man Booker but no one who has finished reading it yet.
Here are the other Green Carnation short listed books;
- Sophie and the Sibyl – Patricia Duncker (Bloomsbury)
- Chasing the Scream – Johann Hari (Bloomsbury Circus)
- Stammered Songbook – Erwin Mortier (Pushkin Press)
The winner will be announced next week. Stay tuned.