They have announced that Richard Flanagan‘s The Narrow Road to the Deep North has won this year’s Man Booker Prize. To my surprise, I have read the winner. It certainly was not a bad novel and well told and clearly helped exorcise both Flanagan’s demons and those of his father. However, I do not think it is a great novel, though it may well be better than the other five, none of which I have read. I have always had a bit of a problem with Flanagan. There seems to be something there but for me, he does not quite make it. I may read one or two of the others but certainly not anytime soon. I shall continue with my reading of books from the shortlists of other book prizes, where I hope to find something better.