The Folio Prize – billed as the alternative to the Booker – has issued its inaugural shortlist and it is resolutely not dominated by literary megastars.
Inside a book therapy session: a novel cure?
As Richard Flanagan wins the Booker prize, there is a growing belief reading is about more than just entertainment and escapism. Channel 4 News eavesdrops on a “bibliotherapy” session.
Cathy Newman on A Long Walk Home – Alternative Booker
Judith Tebbutt’s A Long Walk Home tells the story of the author’s horrific six-month ordeal at the hands of Somali pirates, who killed her husband. A “heart-stopping” memoir worthy of an award.
Best of the Booker: which book should win?
Jim Crace’s Harvest is the bookmaker’s favourite to win the 2013 Man Booker prize – and we will find out who gets the £50,000 prize on Tuesday. But which book gets the Channel 4 News seal of approval?
Alternative Booker: Victoria Macdonald on Fever
Our health correspondent picks a medical mystery as book of the year: Mary Beth Keane’s Fever is about “typhoid Mary”, who had no symptoms herself, but was still accused of spreading the disease.
Alternative Booker: Jon Snow on Americanah
Ahead of the announcement of the Booker prize 2013, Jon Snow picks Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche’s Americanah as his book of the year – a novel about race, identity and nationality in Africa and the US.
Alternative Booker: Lindsey Hilsum on The Hired Man
Never mind the Booker: the year’s most award-worthy book is The Hired Man by Aminatta Forna. Set in Croatia it explores themes of conflict, the lasting impact of war and “how anger never quite fades”.
Paul Mason on The Spinning Heart – the Alternative Booker
In the first of our Alternative Booker series Paul Mason picks Donal Ryan’s The Spinning Heart: a novel full of the “poetry of experience” which explores the impact of Ireland’s financial crash.