The good news was that he’d already read five of them, and “managed to wangle freebies of five of the other eight from publishers”. The power of the blog!
John has now started into the last (thirteenth) and longest book (Darkmans by Nicola Barker weighing in at a massive 838 pages). He’ll be finished well before the judges announce the further truncated short list on 6 September.
You can catch all of John Self’s reviews over at The Asylum, and you'll be just in time to cheer him across the finish line.