Borrow the Booker Shortlist

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 Booker ShortlistThere's just one week to go until the announcement of the winner of the 2019 Booker Prize! The shortlist of six novels was announced last month and you can 'Borrow the Booker' at Dublin City Libraries.

All 2019 Book Prize nominated novels can be requested through our online catalogue. Simply click on the book cover or title to be taken to the online reserve page. All you need is your library card membership number and PIN to reserve a book.

The 2019 Booker Prize shortlist of 6 novels

The Testaments
Margaret Atwood (Canada), The Testaments (Vintage, Chatto & Windus)
The Testaments
is set 15 years after Offred’s final scene in The Handmaid’s Tale and is narrated by three female characters, including the notoripus Aunt Lydia from The Handmaid's Tale.

The Testaments is also available as an eAudiobook via our Borrowbox app.

Ducks Newburyport
Lucy Ellmann (USA/UK), Ducks, Newburyport (Galley Beggar Press)
Latticing one cherry pie after another, an Ohio housewife tries to bridge the gaps between reality and the torrent of meaningless info that is the United States of America. She worries about her children, her dead parents, African elephants, the bedroom rituals of “happy couples”, Weapons of Mass Destruction, and how to hatch an abandoned wood pigeon egg. Is there some trick to surviving survivalists? School shootings? Medical debts? Franks ’n’ beans? A scorching indictment of America’s barbarity, past and present, and a lament for the way we are sleepwalking into environmental disaster, Ducks, Newburyport is a heresy, a wonder—and a revolution in the novel.

You might also like: Lucy Ellmann's earlier novel Doctors and Nurses as an eBook on Borrowbox.

Girl Woman Other
Bernardine Evaristo (UK), Girl, Woman, Other (Hamish Hamilton)
Girl, Woman, Other
follows the lives and struggles of 12 very different characters. Mostly women, black and British, they tell the stories of their families, friends and lovers, across the country and through the years.  Joyfully polyphonic and vibrantly contemporary, this is a gloriously new kind of history, a novel of our times: celebratory, ever-dynamic and utterly irresistible.

Girl, Woman, Other is also available as an eBook via our Borrowbox app.

An Orchestra of minorites
Chigozie Obioma (Nigeria), An Orchestra of Minorities (Little Brown)
Umuahia, Nigeria. Chinonso, a young poultry farmer, sees a woman attempting to jump to her death from a highway bridge. Horrified by her recklessness, Chinonso joins her on the roadside and hurls two of his most prized chickens into the water below to demonstrate the severity of the fall. The woman, Ndali, is moved by his sacrifice. Bonded by this strange night on the bridge, Chinonso and Ndali fall in love. But Ndali is from a wealthy family, and when they officially object to the union because he is uneducated, Chinonso sells most of his possessions to attend a small college in Cyprus. Once in Cyprus, he discovers that all is not what it seems. Furious at a world that continues to relegate him to the sidelines, Chinonso gets further and further away from his dream, from Ndali and the place he called home. Partly based on a true story, An Orchestra of Minorities is also a contemporary twist on Homer’s Odyssey. In the mythic style of the Igbo literary tradition, Chigozie Obioma weaves a heart-wrenching epic about the tension between destiny and determination.

You might also like: Chigozie Obioma's earlier novel The Fishermen as an eBook on Borrowbox.

Salman Rushdie (UK/India), Quichotte (Jonathan Cape)
Inspired by the classic Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes, Quichotte is the story of an aging travelling salesman who falls in love with a TV star and sets off to drive across America on a quest to prove himself worthy of her hand. Quichotte’s tragicomic tale is one of a deranged time, and deals, along the way, with father-son relationships, sibling quarrels, racism, the opioid crisis, cyber-spies, and the end of the world.

You might also like: Salman Rushdie's earlier novels Midnight's Children (eBook and eAudiobook) and The Golden House as an eBook on Borrowbox.

10 minutes 38 seconds in this strange world
Elif Shafak (UK/Turkey), 10 Minutes 38 Seconds in This Strange World (Viking)
For Leila, each minute after her death brings a sensuous memory: the taste of spiced goat stew, sacrificed by her father to celebrate the long-awaited birth of a son; the sight of bubbling vats of lemon and sugar which the women use to wax their legs while the men attend mosque; the scent of cardamom coffee that Leila shares with a handsome student in the brothel where she works. Each memory, too, recalls the friends she made at each key moment in her life – friends who are now desperately trying to find her. . .

You might also like: Elif Shafak's earlier novel Three Daughters of Eve, available on Borrowbox as an eBook and eAudiobook.

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