Wednesday, August 10, 2005

How many have you read?

For all of you who have been waiting with bated breath, as I have, the list is finally out!

The eleven writers selected for this year's Man Booker Prize longlist are (the names with the * have won or been nominated for the prize before):

The Harmony Silk Factory by Tash Aw
The Sea by John Banville *
Arthur & George by Julian Barnes *
A Long Long Way by Sebastian Barry
Slow Man by JM Coetzee *
In the Fold by Rachel Cusk
Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro *
All For Love by Dan Jacobson
A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian by Marina Lewycka
Beyond Black by Hilary Mantel
Saturday by Ian McEwan *
The People's Act of Love by James Meek
Shalimar The Clown by Salman Rushdie *
The Accidental by Ali Smith *
On Beauty by Zadie Smith
This Thing Of Darkness by Harry Thompson
This Is The Country by William Wall

Some surprising exclusions, in my opinion, are Shantaram and Magic Seeds. Well, maybe not Magic Seeds, so much, since its author has declared on numerous occasions that the novel, as a literary form, is dead.

Do you have any predictions about the outcome? Care to stake some money on it? Ladbrokes has picked Julian Barnes as a favourite, and William Hill has its money on Ian McEwan. So do I. I haven't read Saturday yet, but I read an excerpt a few months ago, and I loved it.

The Guardian has this to say about this year's selection.


At 6:09 PM , Blogger InAustin said...

Shantaram's exclusion is not too surprising when compared against the stellar cast here.

At 6:57 AM , Blogger Abhishek said...

read FUTUREWISE(ISBN: 1861975627)???....i am "hunting" for that book.


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