Truth and Prizes
The Man Booker Prize judges have short listed six novels, which they claim have “a distinctive, original voice and audacious imagination that takes readers to undiscovered countries of the mind, a strong power of storytelling and a historical truthfulness."
Parched as we so often are for historical truthfulness from our daily newspapers – for informed, unslanted accounts of the great issues and people of the day, we can only be grateful if we find truthfulness here. The short list:
Edward St. Aubyn for MOTHER’S MILK
Kiran Desai for THE INHERITANCE OF LOSS
Kate Grenville for THE SECRET RIVER
MJ Hyland for CARRY ME DOWN
Hisham Matar for IN THE COUNTRY OF MEN
Sarah Waters for THE NIGHT WATCH
The winner of the £50,000 prize for contemporary literature must be a citizen of the British Commonwealth or Republic of Ireland, and will be announced October 10.
When we were children, our books spoke to us of beauty, courage, and truth when adults were silent.