The Nan Booker Prize 2015

July 29, 2015, Article by Beau Merchant in Books, Books Worth Staring At, Uncategorized

Inspired by the 2015 Man Booker Prize longlist announcement, we asked our own Nan Who Stares at Books (Beau’s Nan) to pick her favourite books of the last year. So, slightly missing the point, she sent us a list of books and her (unedited) opinion on them, dating back to 1947. Bless ‘er, you legend Nan!

So, without further ado, we present you with the shortlist for the inaugural Nan Booker Prize:

     Alone in Berlin

Alone in Berlin by Hans Fallada

“How lives change overnight, how through fear friends become enemies.yet kindness is amongst it also. Excellent reading.”


That Woman

That Women (she meant Woman) by Anna Sebba (she meant Anne)

“First book on Wallis, that l felt told whole story.”

 American Devil

American Devil by Oliver Stark

“Gripping, makes one think, how these peoples minds work, 3/4 way through.”



Toast by Nigel Slater

“Oh yes! The joys of yester-years. Curly Wurleys, Merrymaids choclate toffees. Junket. Kathy kirby,the memories came flooding back. Laughed, cried. ‘Oh happy days’ brought back by a book.”


Joe and Marilyn by Roger Kahn

“A love story of passion, despair, friendship. An actress and Baseball star. Magic.”


Waiting for Doggo

Waiting for Doggo by Mark Mills

“Very different from his others. But so bloody ennoyable. Xxxx Cup of tea then back to Doggo xxxx Enjoyable I mean actually xxxx”

See you again same time next year, Nan.