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Here are the greatest novels ever written. Maybe




With the announcement of the Booker Man shortlist and the Mercury Prize taking place this week, we're tempted to say Awards season is upon us.


With the announcement of the Booker Man shortlist and the Mercury Prize taking place this week, we're tempted to say Awards season is upon us.

But, frankly, talking of 'seasons' in regards to awards seems a bit redundant as there always seems to be a gong show just around the corner.

The main talking point around the Booker shortlist was the absence of starry names, and in particular the inclusion of His Bloody Project by Graeme Macrae Burnett, a literary equivalent of a 'found footage' film that was published by a tiny Scottish imprint, Contraband, earlier in the year to almost universal indifference.

Like most of the rest of the world, we haven't read it, but the premise is enticing. It consists of documents relating to an old triple-murder trial in a Scottish crofting community. Half of them were written by the defendant whilst awaiting trial, the rest are statements from witnesses, criminologists etc.

It sounds like it also tips its hat to things like the Serial podcast and the Netflix Making a Murderer documentary.

Certainly it will now find a far larger audience than it would have done without the Booker nomination. Whether or not it will stand the test of time as a classic remain to be seen.

No such question marks hang over the 'winners' in this intriguing list we came across whilst delving into the whole award winning/best of thing.

It's a rather clever little list that basically collates and weights over 100 'best of' book lists and comes up with a meta list that purports to present the definitive list of the greatest novels ever written.

In such a subjective area as literary, that's a bold and faintly ridiculous claim to make, of course. But, that said, it is fun to see what's in and what's not.

Plus, we can't help but notice that we publish all of the top 10, so, who knows, they may be onto something.

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