Just in case you need any more books to add to your to-be-read pile, here is the result of The Guardian‘s Not The Booker poll:
From a total of 1000 votes:
80 votes – Kirstin Innes – Fishnet (Freight Books) – about a missing sister who was a prostitute
74 votes – Kat Gordon – The Artificial Anatomy of Parks (Legend Press) Family drama
70 votes – Oliver Langmead – Dark Star (Unsung Stories) Verse noir
63 votes – Paul McVeigh – The Good Son (Salt) biographical, Northern Ireland, the Troubles
61 votes – Tasha Kavanagh – Things We Have in Common (Canongate) YA: a 15-year-old girl loser with a crush on a popular girl who may be in danger
58 votes: Melanie Finn – Shame (Weidenfeld & Nicolson) set in Africa, a soul in torment.
We do wonder a bit about the point of this exercise. Not to cast aspersions on the listed books, but nothing would be easier for an enterprising publisher than to round up friends, relatives and all the local cats and dogs to cast a vote. And it’s interesting that they came from a longlist of 70 that contained names like Claire Fuller, Sarah Hall, Aleksandar Hemon, Marilynne Robinson, and quite a few other big names.