The Man Booker Prize 2010

I know it’s rather in advance but on the Tuesday when the Man Booker Longlist is announced I will be posting the first of two ‘mother of all posts’ for the week. I actually really ummed and ahhed about doing a post on the Man Booker Longlist, short list or even anything at all this year but I do love a guessing game and in creating my own guesses and hopes for the Man Booker Longlist  I couldn’t really not discuss the prize a little.

I don’t think, as it stands right now, I will be reading the Longlist this year – mind you if I have read a few and have the rest on the TBR who knows. It was the TBR and the shelves of ‘books I have read’ in the lounge that inspired my final ‘Savidge Reads Booker Dozen’ because every book that I have popped on the list is one I have read or one I own and am rather keen to read. Hence why you won’t see one of the books many people say will be on there – ‘The Pregnant Widow’ by Martin Amis. So without further ado here they are, with a nice picture of the doodles and scribbles that took place in guessing (also proof I thought of some if they sneakily turn up, ha)…

  • Grace Williams Says It Loud by Emma Henderson (Sceptre)
  • The Clay Dreaming by Ed Hillyer (Myriad Editions)
  • The Long Song by Andrea Levy (Headline)
  • And This is True by Emily Mackie (Sceptre)
  • Solar by Ian McEwan (Jonathan Cape)
  • Even The Dogs by Jon McGregor (Bloomsbury)
  • The Thousand Autumns of Jacob De Zoet by David Mitchell (Sceptre)
  • A Life Apart by Neel Mukherjee (Constable)
  • Ghost Light by Joseph O’Connor (Harvill Secker)
  • The Hand That First Held Mine by Maggie O’Farrell (Headline)
  •  The Life and Opinions of Maf the Dog, and of His Friend Marilyn Monroe by Andrew O’Hagan (Faber)
  • The Slap by Christos Tsiolkas (Atlantic)
  • As The Earth Turns Silver by Alison Wong (Picador)

I mulled over ‘The Blasphemer’ by Nigel Farndale but as I didn’t really love it I couldn’t pop it on, I have a feeling that might show its face, maybe! So maybe in that case of all my choices being picked I could end up reading the whole lot if I’ve guessed all thirteen right – which I very much doubt! At the moment though its not in my plans because it took so much time last year and became a bit more of a chore despite some of the marvellous books on the list that I adored, ‘Brooklyn’ and the winner ‘Wolf Hall’, and wouldn’t have read without that extra push. I just got narked with the schedule and I tried earlier this year with The Orange Prize and it all went a bit wrong.

So what would your thirteen be? Or which certain books would you like to see in the Longlist? What do you make of my choice; I am sure they are well out. What are your thoughts on the Man Booker Prize in general?


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37 responses to “The Man Booker Prize 2010

  1. Interesting list. I’ll be doing a prediction post next week and I think we’ll share 5 books (Mc Gregor, Mitchell, O’Farrell, McEwan and Tskiolis) I’m really hoping that The Slap makes the long list – I’d love the contraversy 🙂

    • I was pleased The Slap made the long list though am not sure why everyone is saying its so controversial, am reading it now and just think its a good book which starts off with a slap. I guess thats controversial in a suburban way.

  2. I’m so out of the loop, I hadn’t clocked the long list gets announced on Tuesday. What a nice bookish way to celebrate my birthday! Must drop the organisers a line. LOL. 😉

    I’m keeping my fingers crossed for Joe O’Connor (of course), but I suspect Mitchell and McEwan will be on there. Saw a few people on Twitter earlier this week mention how much they hoped Levy would be longlisted. And I’d be chuffed if Tsiolkas had a crack at it, simply to have an Aussie on the list. Which reminds me, what about Peter Carey’s Parrot and Olivier in America? (Haven’t read it, but it’s sitting in the queue.)

    I haven’t read enough newly released novels this year to suggest any others. There’s usually a few interesting surprises on these lists, including authors you’ve never heard of, so will be nice to see who pops up on it.

    • The organisers did very well Kim with that ha. Hope you had a marvellous day and Joseph O’Connor missing out didnt dampen it… I know how you feel about him hee hee!!

  3. winstonsdad

    agree with kim carey ! ,chef by singh is a outsider I like slap ,also amis may make longlist just because he’s amis ,pocket notebook mike thomas as well ,all the best stu

  4. I haven’t read enough 2010 releases to make predictions, but I think both the Mitchell and McGregor are as good as many other books that have made the longlist in past years, so I’d be happy to see them there. And because I loved Small Islands so much, the inclusion of Levy’s book would please me.

    I did attempt the longlist last year but didn’t get through them all. I nearly read the whole shortlist, with The Children’s Book being the only one I didn’t get to. I don’t plan on trying it this year, but if a book on my TBR pile happens to make the list, I’ll make it a higher priority. I am pondering the National Book Awards here in the U.S. I don’t think I saw any bloggers reading that list last year, so it would be something different.

  5. Hi – I’m looking forward to Tuesday! I don’t really have any guesses. Question though – I am not very familar with the rules – but would The Slap even be eligible? (since it was published in 2008)?

    I might ayyempt the longlist this year – my vacation is in August so good timing!

    • Yes as Kim says below its eligable because it was only published in the UK here this year. It was one of my guesses initially last year too but wasnt eligable then.

  6. The Slap is eligible because it was only published in the UK in May 2010. The rules state that books by citizens of the Commonwealth, Ireland and Zimbabwe published in the UK between 1 October 2009 and 30 September 2010 are eligible.

  7. I always get excited to see these lists, but don’t have a hope in predicting OR reading. I have read some prize winners and have not had wonderful results consistently, so I’m wondering if I am just doomed to read lesser books. I will root for yours and Jackie’s choices.

    • I think people forget that this is just five people’s opinions and (as someone who is about to be a judge I can say this – ha) they won’t always be right. Last year though I think they were. Wolf Hall is amazing and I will think will end up being one of the most remembered booker winners.

  8. Gosh, as usual I wouldn’t know where to start. Even though I read more modern fiction than I used to, it tends to be things that authors have sent me, rather than the Big Names. Having said that, McEwan will always be nominated now, whatever he puts out. And I’d be surprised if Mitchell isn’t there. But I haven’t read any of the ones on your list, shamefully enough!

    • McEwan wasnt, which though didnt ‘shock’ me I will admit slightly surprised me, its no Atonement but its very good. Mind you I am in the minority on that one it would appear hahaha.

  9. This post makes me realise just how few books from 2010 I have read (which always seems to be the case with me!). There are quite a few in there I really want to get my hands on, though, especially the Maggie O’Farrell.

  10. novelinsights

    I have no idea, am rubbish at guessing games. But I’ll be interested to see who makes it from your list!!

    • Oh Polly you love a good guessing game, your just too competitive (I have seen you at Scrabble and the other game we played which name escapes me) hahaha. I only got three right but owned a lot more than I thought I did.

  11. lizzysiddal

    I put my fantasy longlist up this morning, Simon. We only have 3 titles in common!

  12. Sarah

    I’m hoping my compatriots Christos Tsolkias and Peter Temple mae it as well as the wonderful Msggie O’Farrell and David Mitchell. Can’t wait to see the list!

    • Well you will be pleased that Christos was on the list! Temple being crime I dont think stood a chance after Child 44 I dont know if we will see a crime again on there for a good while, people are too snobish.

  13. bookgazing

    No idea – like others I’m so out of the current lit loop this year. You reminded me that someone else has my cloth bound copy of ‘Even the Dogs’ though and I need to get it back before they go back to live in Canada!

    Really do you think Maf will be nominated? That would be so much fun. And I think there’s a good chance ‘The Long Song’ will make it on there, along with the Mitchell book. Bit mean but I hope ‘Solar’ doesn’t win (no question it will be nominated, it is a McEwan – when was the last time he wasn’t nominated?) because I heard a bit read from it recently and it sounds awfully smug. Let’s see how your predictions turn out tomorrow.

    • You do need that copy back. I have mine on the TBR and am still going to read it despite it not getting shortlisted.

      I hoped Maf might make it but alas the longlist seems… rather predictable and mediocre, maybe thats too harsh?

      No McEwan so dont worry it wont win hahaha.

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  17. I’ve been trying to stay in holoday-mode today but the lure of Booker speculation has been too great!

    Interesting choices, Simon. I’d be excited to see Ghost Light and The Slap on the actual list, if only to give me a further push to read them 😉

    Personally I think Amis and Martel will make the cut; I have been holding my review of Beatrice & Virgil back but I didn’t loathe it like other have… I hope that Boxer, Beetle by Ned Beauman makes a [surprise] appearance.

    I don’t read enough new fiction to really make an informed prediction of the full Booker dozen but I’m very excited to have some new books brought to my attention 🙂

    • Hahaha its been a real buzz this year, and yet now I feel slightly deflated. Would have liked some debut novels and some I hadnt heard of. Despite having a good guess I like being proven wrong if its for some unusual books I might want to giev a whirl. Not so much in the case of this year.

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  19. The Omnivore

    Hmmm… interesting list! Especially when you consider what actually was nominated… The Omnivore has rounded up the reviews for all the longlisted books, bringing you a critical digest of quotes from UK and US newspapers and literary journals.

    Read our roundups here:

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