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The Booker Prizes – Book of Month

For over 50 years, the Booker Prizes have celebrated the world’s most outstanding fiction, whether written in or translated into English.

Each month they’ll be a shining a spotlight on a different book from the Booker Library, and sharing reading guides, extracts, opinion pieces and competitions.

You can find out more about the Prize here.

The Booker Prize 2023 Longlist has been announced. Librarians can pick up a free promotional pack from our shop here.

We will be sharing the Booker Book of the Month picks every month for you to enjoy.

Introducing the Booker Prizes September Book of the Month: His Bloody Project by Graeme Macrae Burnet

In 2016, Graeme Macrae Burnet was shortlisted for the Booker Prize with a mesmerising literary thriller based on ‘found’ historical documents, set in an unforgiving landscape where the exercise of power is arbitrary

In 1869, Roderick Macrae was accused of the brutal slaying of three people, in a murder trial that gripped the British public. Roderick’s memoir, along with court transcripts, medical reports, police statements and newspaper articles, show that he readily admitted his guilt. But do they reveal just why a young man would commit the most atrocious acts of violence? Why didn’t he defend himself more vigorously, or try to cover up the crime? And will he hang?

The Booker Prizes are offering a reading guide for His Bloody Project, an extract from the book, as well as a special episode of the podcast with Graeme as a special guest. You can also enter their competition to win a bundle of his books and a Booker Prize tote bag.

You can also join the Substack where you can share your views on the Book of the Month with other readers.

Previous Booker Prizes Book of the Month

August: Loitering with Intent by Muriel Spark

July: The Vegetarian by Han Kang

June: The Long Song by Andrea Levy

May: The Good Terrorist by Doris Lessing

April: Beyond Black by Hilary Mantel

March: A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara

The Booker Prize 2023

The Booker Prizes have announced their longlist for The Booker Prize 2023 – the world’s most influential prize for a single work of fiction.

The 13 books explore universal and topical themes: from deeply moving personal dramas to tragi-comic family sagas; from the effects of climate change to the oppression of minorities; from scientific breakthroughs to competitive sport.

Find out all about the longlist here.

Librarians can get involved by securing their free promotional pack via our shop.

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Share your thoughts with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and follow everything Book of the Month related using #BookerBOTM on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Don’t forget you can also join the Substack to leave comments and share your views on the Book of the Month.

Keep up with all the latest news on the Booker Prize website.


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