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Sense of an Ending

Running time: 108 mins
Release Date: 14th April 2017
Certificate: 15
Director: Ritesh Batra
Cast: Jim Broadbent, Charlotte Rampling, Harriet Walter, Michelle Dockery, Emily Mortimer

Based on the Man Booker-winning novel by Julian Barnes. Tony Webster (Broadbent) leads a reclusive and quiet existence until long buried secrets from his past force him to face the flawed recollections of his younger self, the truth about his first love (Rampling) and the devastating consequences of decisions made a lifetime ago.

I haven’t read the book, but the trailer looked fascinating. Great performances from the cast, but the film was lacking a certain ‘umpf’ – not enough suspense and tension, and the conclusion of the story didn’t feel like the big reveal that the film had tried to build up to. It’s okay, not enough excitement for me.


2014 Shortlist Announced for the Man Booker Prize for Fiction

The Man Booker Prize has announced its shortlist! The longlist is now whittled down to just six titles.

In the announcement they said, “One previous winner, one thrice-shortlisted novelist, one Australian, two US authors and five imprints. This is what makes up the shortlist for this year’s Man Booker Prize for Fiction,.”

The shortlist is:


  • To Rise Again at a Decent Hour by Joshua Ferris
  • The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan
  • J by Howard Jacobson
  • The Lives of Others by Neel Mukherjee
  • We are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler
  • How to be Both by Ali Smith

I currently have five of the titles on the shortlist and have already read two, so you can guess what my next three books are right?… happy reading all!

The Man Booker Prize For Fiction 2014

2014 Longlist Announced


The Man Booker Prize has announced its longlist! I love this time. I have a fantasy that I’ll manage to read all of them before the winner is announced – I never quite manage it! ‘Hats off’ to the judges… I would love to stay in bed reading through.

It’s the first Man Booker Prize to admit novels from across the globe as long as they are written in English. The six judges chaired by philosopher Anthony Grayling have chosen 13 books by four Americans, six Britons, two Irish writers and one Australian.

And the longlist is…

  • To Rise Again at a Decent Hour, Joshua Ferris (Viking)
  • The Narrow Road to the Deep North, Richard Flanagan (Chatto & Windus)
  • We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves, Karen Joy Fowler (Serpent’s Tail)
  • The Blazing World, Siri Hustvedt (Sceptre)
  • J,  Howard Jacobson (Jonathan Cape)
  • The Wake, Paul Kingsnorth (Unbound)
  • The Bone Clocks, David Mitchell (Sceptre)
  • The Lives of Others, Neel Mukherjee (Chatto & Windus)
  • Us, David Nicholls (Hodder & Stoughton)
  • The Dog, Joseph O’Neill (Fourth Estate)
  • Orfeo, Richard Powers (Atlantic Books)
  • How to be Both, Ali Smith (Hamish Hamilton)
  • History of the Rain, Niall Williams (Bloomsbury)

Happy reading, Booker fiends!

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