Washington, Europe, Orange Prize discussed on The Guardian Books Podcast


Year. I traveled three hours across Sicily to go and see Europe's oldest chestnut tree. So this is a story. That means something to me. This is I'm very pondered with chestnut trees. Also Donald Ryan, who's also guardian first book called winner who takes the story of a Syrian refugee. Crooked accountant, an angry young man with a broken heart, and we've. Together in a very unexpected way. Yeah, he spinning heart. He had twenty one narrators here he has three, but to direct Reiter than one is in third person. So here's a sort of he's a wizard with voices basically. And I think this is another. I haven't actually read this. I'm a huge fan of his work going back, but back a longtime, his fourth novel. I think he's really coming through and I always love seeing guardian first book this coming through it makes me feel very maternal and happy. Also another very topical book. They're all topical may. I mean, this is obviously the the, this is the stick of this particular lists, Rachel Kushner's the MAs rooms about mass incarceration in the US. And then Anna burns milkman is dealing with the Northern Ireland conflict from the perspective of an eighteen year old. She was she was on the shortlist for the orange prize in two thousand and two. She's she's interesting because this is only third novel. She's in her fifties. I'm so she's a slow Pearn. And again, I really like know all the emphasis about these twenty seven year olds and brilliant. They're at twenty seven year olds on this this to seventy. But there is also somebody on in her fifties with her third novel who is just going the distance at her own pay. 'terrone pace. So I'm definitely looking out for animals milkman as well. And around the listeners dougans Washington black? Yes. Right. Okay. So. I really liked half blood blues in two thousand thirteen, and I thought it could that could won the Booker prize then. And that was about to she's got this knack of telling of she finds really good historical stories, which seem incredibly resonant. And in that case, hoffler blues, it was about a jazz man who got lost in Nazi Europe. So sort of fantastic metaphor for European history, world history, music, really, really seductive. And this one's a runaway slave narratives she's Canadian. It's called Washington black. It goes from Barbados through Morocco. London ends up in the Canadian Arctic, but it's also to do with the nineteenth and twentieth century beginnings, certain beginnings of technology. And I think that that's another thing in lot of these novels technology features in a lot of them. And here you have have ballooning, you have the world's first aquarium. So there's there's a lot of stuff that relates to a world. In the sense of of administrative technological upheaval, which is where we are now without being -absolutely direct about it. You said that half blood blues will tell you the book prize when it was on the list before two thousand thirteen that was, I think Washington might be the eventual winner. Oh, it's just so difficult. Isn't it? Yeah, I have. I have a soft spot for us here Dookie and I have to say, but that means I blind it. Her. Apply to his narrow. See, I'm really sorry..

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