Guessing The Man Booker Longlist

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!

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9 responses to “Guessing The Man Booker Longlist

  1. I’d love The Slap to get nominated – I can hear the arguements already!!!! LOL!!!!

    I’m hoping Wilderness wins this year, but now you mention it if The Slap won it would be great!!!

    I’m not convinced by your list – it is very different from mine. I don’t think that The Lieutenant was very good, but haven’t read it, so who knows.

    I didn’t feel that The Little Stranger was very strong either, but those Booker judges are a strange bunch so who knows!!

    I’m really looking forward to the announcement and I may well read the whole list this year, as I think (hope) I’ve read quite a few already.

    • I think everyones opinion on this will always be totally different as we all love totally different books I could get them all wrong or I could get them all right. If its the latter then I want the job next year!

      However that seems unlikely as Breath can’t be on the list as was apparently elligable last year. The Slap also looks like it could miss out as no ones sure it got entered as it doesn’t have a UK publisher or it didn’t when books could be sent in! I am fairly confident that a few of mine will be on the list, but then who knows 4th Estate may not have submitted Wolf Hall or Vintage may not have submitted The Childrens Book! We will know soon enough I guess. I am expecting a shock, well hoping for one!

    • Oooh and I forgot to say that I now think we may see Atwood or Banville on the list as they aren’t published yet but they will be before the shortlist is announced and so can be included! I might swap The Slap and Breath for those! Or Zoe Heller’s The Believers and Joan Bakewell’s All The Nice Girls… Oh its a quandry, but not long to go now!

  2. I agree – Atwood and Banville could well make the list. I hope The Believers doesn’t.

    I think Cutting for Stone may make the list, but I’m not sure it is eligible either. The author lives in America, but does have commonwealth parents. It is so confusing|!

    We’re probably all just wasting time though – The Children’s Book will probably win and I’ll be disappointed. My favourites never win.

  3. This has heightened my excitement levels! I am hoping to see The Wilderness, Burnt Shadows and Brooklyn on the list with The Wilderness to win… but that may change once I’ve read the longlist.

    I think that The Little Stranger will make a surprise (?) appearance and it occurred to me last night too that Margaret Atwood could be on it; I hope she is so that I have an excuse to buy the book!

  4. I would not want to navigating the rules for this contest honestly. I consider you and Jackie the experts at anything Booker, so I won’t even attempt at suggestions. I did love The Little Stranger as soon as I listened to it on audio, and I had a hard time not thinking about it even a week after I’d finished (my review is up today). I’ve read some Jude Morgan, but beyond that, I have no clue. I will look forward to the announcement, and then watching you and Jackie reading them all!

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