Dubai author Avni Doshi added to longlist of 2020 Booker Prize 

“Burnt Sugar” is Doshi’s first novel. (Instagram)
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Updated 28 July 2020

Dubai author Avni Doshi added to longlist of 2020 Booker Prize 

 DUBAI: Dubai author Avni Doshi has been added to the longlist of this year’s Booker Prize for her book “Burnt Sugar,” organizers of the British literary award announced on Tuesday. 

“Burnt Sugar” is Doshi’s first novel, a story of love and betrayal — not between lovers, but between a mother and her daughter.

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Shortly after the announcement was made, Doshi — who is Indian and was born in New Jersey — took to Instagram to express her excitement. “This is wild,” she wrote, captioning an image of the 13 books nominated for the prize.

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

This is wild...

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Tributes poured in to congratulate Doshi for competing in the $63,000 literary prize. 

“Interesting omissions, heartening inclusions! I’m ecstatic for you @avnidoshi I just can’t stop smiling,” tweeted one supporter.  

Scottish historian and writer William Dalrymple also congratulated the author tweeting: “A wonderful list. Particularly thrilled for the wonderful @avnidoshi & @MaazaMengiste — early career superstars both of whom have long & distinguished literary lives ahead of them.” 

Among the list of contenders for the prestigious award are best-selling British novelist Hilary Mantel and American author Anne Tyler. 

Eight of the nominees, including Doshi, are for first novels — an unusually high number for the prize.

The prize, subject to intense speculation and a flurry of betting, usually brings the victor a huge boost in sales and profile.

According to AP, the award’s literary director, Gaby Wood, said it was “heartening to know that some authors who have launched their careers in the midst of COVID-19 may now have a chance to reach the readers they deserve.”

A six-book shortlist will be announced Sept. 15, and the Booker winner will be revealed in November.

The full 2020 Booker Prize longlist is:

  • Diane Cook, “The New Wilderness”
  • Tsitsi Dangarembga, “This Mournable Body”
  • Avni Doshi, “Burnt Sugar”
  • Gabriel Krauze, “Who They Was”
  • Hilary Mantel, “The Mirror and the Light”
  • Colum McCann, “Apeirogon”
  • Maaza Mengiste, “The Shadow King”
  • Kiley Reid, “Such a Fun Age”
  • Brandon Taylor, “Real Life”
  • Anne Tyler, “Redhead by the Side of the Road”

— with AP


What We Are Eating Today: Cheese Taste

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Updated 08 August 2020

What We Are Eating Today: Cheese Taste

  • One of the best things about the shop is how well they treat their customers, offering to let them try different things while the visitor comes to a final decision

Looking at the Cheese Taste shop in Al-Safa district, Jeddah, I never expected the delicious treats that waited inside. It looks like a regular small-scale bakery, but stepping into the little shop and trying out their products was a new discovery.
Their pastries are of high quality and presented to visitors in two different sizes. The variety is mind-blowing — everything from plain chocolate cakes to carrot cakes.
Their carrot cakes are some of the best I have had. One of my other favorites is their strawberry tarts, which are a perfect combination of a crisp base, a creamy-smooth filling and glazed strawberries.
One of the best things about the shop is how well they treat their customers, offering to let them try different things while the visitor comes to a final decision.
The prices are also very low — amazing because they don’t reflect the quality of the products.