The shadow panel chose Whale for our shadow winner, but would the official judges of the International Booker follow suit..?
Nope. Instead, they went for:
Time Shelter by Georgi Gospodinov, tr. Angela Rodel (Weidenfeld & Nicholson)
Congratulations to all involved! Time Shelter was actually my favourite book from the longlist, so I’m delighted by that result. We picked another of my favourites for the shadow winner, so it’s all good.
My thanks go to all my fellow shadow panellists for making this such an enjoyable experience. See you next year!
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