Friday, August 18, 2006

Man Booker Prize Longlist announced

The Man Booker Prize longlist was announced this week and many litbloggers have posted commentary on the selections. Per the Man Booker site: "The longlist of 19 books was chosen from 112 entries; 95 were submitted for the prize and 17 were called in by the panel of judges."

I'm familiar with a lot of the titles, having seen them in the catalogues, but haven't read any of them yet. I have Peter Carey's Theft: a Love Story and Kate Grenville's The Secret River on their way to me for review. Nadine Gordimer's Get a Life and James Robertson's The Testament of Gideon Mack are already on my pile for review. So now I have to have a look at the rest of the titles and decide which ones I want to try and read prior to the short list announcement on September 14 and the winner being announced on October 10.

Peter Carey - Theft: A Love Story (Faber & Faber)

Kiran Desai - The Inheritance of Loss (Hamish Hamilton)

Robert Edric - Gathering the Water (Doubleday)

Nadine Gordimer - Get a Life (Bloomsbury)

Kate Grenville - The Secret River (Canongate)

M.J. Hyland - Carry Me Down (Canongate)

Howard Jacobson - Kalooki Nights (Jonathan Cape)

James Lasdun - Seven Lies (Jonathan Cape)

Mary Lawson - The Other Side of the Bridge (Chatto & Windus)

Jon McGregor - So Many Ways to Begin (Bloomsbury)

Hisham Matar - In the Country of Men (Viking)

Claire Messud - The Emperor’s Children (Picador)

David Mitchell - Black Swan Green (Sceptre)

Naeem Murr - The Perfect Man (William Heinemann)

Andrew O’Hagan - Be Near Me (Faber & Faber)

James Robertson - The Testament of Gideon Mack (Hamish Hamilton)

Edward St Aubyn - Mother’s Milk (Picador)

Barry Unsworth - The Ruby in her Navel (Hamish Hamilton)

Sarah Waters - The Night Watch (Virago)

3 comments:

dovegreyreader said...

Lovely to find your blog via your nomination for the Book Blogger's Book Prize and always great to find a fellow knitter.Can we swap links?
I'm also reading through as much of the longlist as I can so it will be good to see what we all think.
http://dovegreyreader.typepad.com

Janelle Martin said...

Thanks for the introduction! I'm excited to read your blog - what a great selection of books you read.

I've posted a link to your blog! I'm curious to see what everyone else thinks of the longlist.

TurboBookSnob said...

Hello, fellow book and Booker lovers! Nice to see others out there who are tring to read as much of the longlist as possible! I post my thoughts on my website, www.turbobooksnob.com.