Is it terrible to admit that I don’t pay that much attention to award short lists? I just read what I fancy reading, not what other people think I “should” be reading. But I came across this image recently that I found pretty interesting – charting the themes of the books on the 2011 Man Booker long list (courtesy of www.dgquarterly.com – visit the website to see an enlarged version of the infographic). Firstly, I like colour coded diagrams. But also it’s interesting to see that when you break it down, the fairly standard themes of death and love feature most prominently, but that we are also not adverse to a little cannibalism or homicidal cowboy brothers.
I have read two books on this list, including the eventual winner (The Sense of an Ending). It’s fair to say that I wouldn’t class them amongst my favourite ever books, but then who am I to judge?