Man Booker Prize

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Man Booker Prize Shortlist 2014

I flip opened the newspaper yesterday and came to know of the shortlist announced by the Man Booker Prize this year. I must say a lot of the books on the longlist and shortlist, pique me with a renewed interest than I could possibly have for Man Booker Prize. I have 4 out of the … Continue reading


Man Booker Longlist 2014 announced

The Man Booker Prize Longlist is announced on the 23 July 2014. I can’t say that I am a big fan of the Man Booker Prize as many of them seems arid and uninteresting; so for many years I have not attempt to read the shortlists nor the winners. 2014 is the first year of … Continue reading

Man Booker Prize 2012 winner announced

I am following a minute by minute update on the announcement and finally here it is: Hilary Mantel won again. Part of me is disappointed that the award is not given to an author who had never won before. What do you think about the winner this year?

Man Booker Prize Longlist 2012

Why is it that I am no longer excited about the Man Booker Prize? Perhaps it is the fact that more than half of the books listed are ones that I haven’t heard of, or the book who finally won the prize seems to bore me to tears. The 2012 Booker Prize longlist was announced yesterday and … Continue reading

BBC World Book Club Announcements

Hisham Matar is on the BBC World Book Club on Wednesday 24 August 2011, and will be talking about his international bestseller ‘In The Country of Men’.  We need questions to be emailed from outside Britain and if you’re in the UK we need guests to be part of the audience in London at 16:45 at Bush House. If you would … Continue reading

The Map of Love by Ahdaf Soueif

Ahdaf Soueif’s The Map of Love is a family saga, a story that draws its readers into two different eras in the complex, troubled history of modern Egypt. The story begins in 1997 in New York. There Isabel Parkman discovers an old trunk full of documents, some in English, some in Arabic, in her dying … Continue reading

Child 44 by Tom Rob Smith

It’s Stalin Soviet Union 1953, crime does not exist but doubts and accusations are. Millions live in fear. The mere suspicion of disloyalty to the State, the wrong word at the wrong time, can send an innocent person to his execution. Officer Leo Demidov, an idealistic war hero, believes he’s building a perfect society. But … Continue reading

A good mooch over the weekend

I am so happy with the books that I got / borrow / steal over the weekend, I thought I made a note here (and tell anyone who is interested?). Midnight Children by Salman Rushdie. Got it at a Charity shop, can’t believe I have it for 50p. Condition : Supernew! Love in the Time of … Continue reading

In a Free State

This is my first book on V.S. Naipaul. This book consists of 3 short stories, one longer than the other. The book title is taken from the last story of the book. In the first story of One out of many, Santosh is a driver that works for an employer whose government firm posted him … Continue reading

The Man Booker Prize Winner 2008 : The White Tiger

 Rating :  5/5 It is for obvious reason why I read this book. Obvious reason as readers from the rest of the world, what this book did to warrant it to win the Man Booker Prize. The book begin with a patronising way, i.e. undermine the Chinese Premier’s attempt at learning entrepreneurship from the Indians. The paragraph addressed … Continue reading


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Ratings Defined

0 = Abandon the book after first chapter

1 = Waste of paper, we will see what the environmentalist say about this!

2 = Skip it, read the book if you have got nothing better to do

2.5 = An average book, easily forgettable.

3 = A good read.

3.5 = A good entertaining read, a page-turner

4 = So glad that I read the book, a book with substance and invaluable for future reference

4.5 = So glad that I read the book, would pester everyone to read it, invaluable, I would want to own it and wouldn't mind a second read (something that I seldom do)

5 = The book is so good that I feel like I am on scale 4 and 4.5, and more, it blew me away and lingers on my head for weeks!

Books Read

JoV's bookshelf: read
Hold Tight
The Fault in Our Stars
The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon
The Thief
Catching Fire
A Tale for the Time Being
Into the Darkest Corner
The Liars' Gospel
Goat Mountain
Strange Weather In Tokyo
Strange Shores
And the Mountains Echoed
Ten White Geese
One Step Too Far
The Innocents
The General: The ordinary man who became one of the bravest prisoners in Guantanamo
White Dog Fell from the Sky
A Virtual Love
The Fall of the Stone City

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Reading, after a certain age, diverts the mind too much from its creative pursuits. Any man who reads too much and uses his own brain too little falls into lazy habits of thinking. - Albert Einstein (1879 - 1955)