My 2014 Man Booker Prize Choice

Tomorrow is the long awaited day that the winner of the 2014 Man Booker Prize will be selected. This year is the first that American novels can compete, and I’m sad to say that the two American novels on the shortlist are the weakest of the lot. If I were a judge, I would cast my vote for Australian novelist Richard Flanagan, whose book The Long Deep Road to the Narrow North, horrifyingly, but brilliantly, chronicles the lives of Australian POWs engaged in slave labor by their Japanese captors during the Second World War.