Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Oh Man, the Bookers Again

A lucky 13 titles feature in the longlist of books competing for the prestigious 2010 Man Booker Prize. The announcement of nominees -- which includes works by David Mitchell, Rose Tremain, Peter Carey, and Emma Donoghue -- was made this morning. This longlist will be pared down to a shorter roster before the winner -- who will receive, in addition to prestige, $77,000 in prize money -- is declared on October 12.

Here’s the complete list of contenders:

Parrot and Olivier in America by Peter Carey
Room by Emma Donoghue (coming in September)
The Betrayal by Helen Dunmore (not yet available)
In a Strange Room by Damon Galgut
The Finkler Question by Howard Jacobson (not yet available)
The Long Song by Andrea Levy
C by Tom McCarthy (coming in September)
The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet by David Mitchell
February by Lisa Moore
Skippy Dies by Paul Murray (coming in August)
Trespass by Rose Tremain (coming in October)
The Slap by Christos Tsiolkas
The Stars in the Bright Sky by Alan Warner

Naturally, there’s already been lots of talk about this list -- about how it features two Canadian, two Australian and two Irish authors, yet is conspicuously short of celebrity writers. But we’re more interested in what January readers think of all these contenders. Do you have favorites among the nominees? Or did the Man Booker judges fail to name some other novel that is really the best of the year?

Let us know your thoughts in the Comments section of this post.


Blogger Penelope said...

Pretty hard to have thoughts or comments on the list when so many of the books aren't yet available!

Wednesday, July 28, 2010 at 7:13:00 AM PDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Have to agree with Penny. While it is hard to begrudge books that are nominated, I always find it wonderfully strange that books published, or in many cases this year unpublished to the public at least, so far apart are nominated for the same prize, i.e, Lisa Moore's February was published in May of 2009 ( at least in Canada) while Emma Donoghue won't be published until Sept. 2010.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010 at 7:46:00 AM PDT  

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