Booker Predictions: Alice O'Keeffe
At Last - Edward St Aubyn
An extraordinarily moving and savagely funny tale about the acceptance of pain and loss, and it concludes St Aubyn's masterful Patrick Melrose series. There was widespread shock when the author didn't win the Booker back in 2006 for Mother's Milk—and I'll be amazed if this doesn't make the longlist this year.
The Stranger's Child - Alan Hollinghurst
A previous Booker winner with In the Line of Beauty (2004), Hollinghurst is undoubtedly one of the greatest contemporary English writers, and this one will be hotly-tipped. The events and secrets of a country house weekend in 1913 reverberate through the following century in this dazzling novel about a literary reputation.
The King of the Badgers - Philip Hensher
The obsessions, pretensions and secrets of a sleepy Devon town are laid bare when an 8-year-old girl goes missing. An intriguing portrait of contemporary England.
A Man of Parts - David Lodge
Twice nominated for the Booker—will this complete the hat-trick? A wonderful, witty novel about the extraordinary life and many loves of H G Wells.