The Not the Booker prize 2016 shortlist revealed

After 1,500 votes were cast for nearly 150 books the Not the Booker prize shortlist for 2016 has been announced by The Guardian.


Much like the actual Man Booker Prize, I haven’t read any of them. Sigh… Here’s the list:

The Combinations by Louis Armand (Equus)

The Less Than Perfect Legend of Donna Creosote by Dan Micklethwaite (Bluemoose Books)

Walking the Lights by Deborah Andrews (Freight Books)

The Summer That Melted Everything by Tiffany McDaniel (Scribe)

Chains of Sand by Jemma Wayne (Legend Press)

What Will Remain by Dan Clements (Silvertail)

The Guardian will be posting reviews just-about-weekly, building up to their call for votes on 17 October. The books will be read in reverse alphabetical order starting with Jemma Wayne’s Chains of Sand.

The Guardian has again made a call to arms to be a judge. I intended to enthusiastically participate in the adjudicating until I realised last night that my local library doesn’t have a single one of these.  I’m trying to be judicious about my book buying – I’m running out of space for books! – and am therefore a bit reluctant to buy all of these.

So, I’m looking for some recommendations.  Which should I buy?  And if you have haven’t read any either, which cover do you like best? That’s good enough for me!

This is a site about books and about tea, and how we should read more books and drink more tea. Sometimes, it's hard to know what books to read and what tea to drink. This is where I can help out.


  1. Walking the Lights sounds interesting (although I’ve not read any of these either)… I like a good character-driven tale of redemption! Especially where the protagonist is a flawed but strong woman. Although it sounds like it could be quite harrowing.

  2. I’m afraid I haven’t heard of any of them much less read them! But on the basis of the covers only, I’d go for What Will Remain…

  3. I wouldn’t even say I like it the best, necessarily, but based only off the covers, Chains of Sand is the one I’d be most likely to read.

    These awards are so frustrating to me, because I want to read every single one of the longlist nominees before the vote, but I rarely even end up reading the actual winners until years later. Sigh.

  4. Argh! I haven’t read (or even heard!) of any of these! Love the cover of Perfect Legend though.

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