Now in case any of you think that I am cheating and releasing this on the day that the longlist is announced, I have actually written this a few days ahead, as am still in bed and its good to use this swine flu for something positive, anyway so its a timed blog that should be online from 2am. See all bases covered. So back to the point of the blog its the day (or will be the day – as I type) that the Man Booker Longlist is announced which in the world of books is quite a big event. So I thought I would have a guess (and believe me I have done this for two years running and only matched four of my guesses to actual longlisters so am not expecting better this year) and this years Savidge Reads guess is…
- Between The Assassinations – Aravind Adiga
- Strangers – Anita Brookner
- The Childrens Book – A. S. Byatt
- The Lieutenant – Kate Grenville
- The Wilderness – Samantha Harvey
- The Book of Negroes – Lawrence Hill
- Wolf Hall – Hilary Mantel
- The Taste of Sorrow – Jude Morgan
- Burnt Shadows – Kamila Shamsie
- Brooklyn – Colm Toibin
- The Slap – Christos Tsiolkas
- The Little Stranger – Sarah Waters
- Breathe – Tim Winton
Will I be even close? I would love to be and possibly feel a little current and with it, at the same time I would like to be quite wrong and see lots of talent I haven’t spotted that I can then read if that makes sense? Out of my list I would most like Kamila Shamsie, Jude Morgan or Samatha Harvey win, though really its a close battle at the moment for Kamila Shamsie and Jude morgan as to who has written my favourite read of 2009 so far!
Who do you think will get longlisted? Are you going to try and do the longlist? I think I am, I just need to pace myself properly with ‘other books I want to read along the way’ as I didnt do this with the Orange. So how close will I get… we will have to wait and see, let me know all of your thoughts!