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What our critics thought of the books on the Man Booker shortlist

13 September 2017

4:39 PM

13 September 2017

4:39 PM

The Man Booker shortlist is out. My colleague Philip Hensher isn’t convinced. He today tweeted ‘Booker shortlist – McGregor, Z Smith, Whitehead, Roy, Barry, Shamsie. Oh wait – those were the ones they left off. Baffling.’ But you can make your own mind up. Or, be guided by our critics. Here (with the exception, alas, of Emily Fridlund, which we missed) are our reviews of the shortlisted novels:

4321 by Paul Auster (Faber & Faber)

History of Wolves by Emily Fridlund (Weidenfeld & Nicolson, Orion Books)


Exit West by Mohsin Hamid (Hamish Hamilton, Penguin Random House)

Elmet by Fiona Mozley (JM Originals, John Murray)

Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders (Bloomsbury)

Autumn by Ali Smith (Hamish Hamilton, Penguin Random House)

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