The Man Booker Longlist 2010

So it’s been announced and I will probably just be repeating what is already old news but here are the thirteen books the judges have picked (if you are already bored of the Man Booker or just not interested have a gander at the Mum Booker Longlist I popped up earlier here)…

  • Parrot and Oliver in America by Peter Carey (Faber and Faber)
  • Room by Emma Donoghue (Picador)
  • The Betrayal by Helen Dunmore (Fig Tree)
  • In a Strange Room by Damon Galgut (Atlantic Books)
  • The Finkler Question by Howard Jacobson (Bloomsbury)
  • The Long Song by Andrea Levy (Headline Review)
  • C by Tom McCarthy (Jonathan Cape)
  • The Thousand Autumns of Zacob de Zoet by David Mitchell (Sceptre)
  • February by Lisa Moore (Chatto & Windus)
  • Skippy Dies by Paul Murray (Hamish Hamilton)
  • Trespass by Rose Tremain (Chatto & Windus)
  • The Slap by Christos Tsiolkas (Atlantic)
  • The Stars in the Bright Sky by Alan Warner (Jonathan Cape)

How many did I get right, well you can compare today’s list with my list here and see!!!

I have marked the one, yes one, that I have read in bold and the ones that I own in italics (some of which have been saved from the ‘for the charity shop’ pile as we speak – I won’t say which ones). The latter part of that statement suggests I might be thinking of reading the whole longlist. Am I? I don’t think I will be; in part because I don’t have all the books (which isn’t me being bitter) but in the main because I did it last year in a full on way and it became a chore. There are some titles on there that I would like to give a whirl though but if I don’t own it (though I know one of the titles I don’t own yet is on the way) its very unlikely to be read. I have a feeling ‘Skippy Dies’ and ‘The Slap’ might get devoured fairly soon though!! Athe moment though, as its the only one I have read, I have everything crossed for Levy hahaha! I did really like that book though.

It is an interesting list, and one that I don’t think anyone could have predicted the whole of – which is a good thing, I think. I was slightly surprised that Ian McEwan didn’t make it and feel slightly smug I predicted Amis wouldn’t be on there.Why do I have a small vendetta against that man after quite liking the last book I read by him? I am rather chuffed for Andrea Levy and sad to see Maggie O’Farrell wasn’t on there but most of all annoyed Neel Mukherjee didn’t make the cut as that’s one of my favourites of the year and one that feels truly worthy of winning. I kind of think its a forgone conclusion that Mitchell will win which is a bit boring, but I could be wrong.

So what do you make of the list? Any surprises or shocks for you? Any you are really annoyed were missed out or even included?


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38 responses to “The Man Booker Longlist 2010

  1. teadevotee

    Am glad Solar didn’t make it – is rubbish and no way as good as Amsterdam or Atonement!

    • I couldnt say it was a rubbish book, I wouldnt say it was his best and yet from what I gather Mitchell’s is no Cloud Atlas and thats been included (I didn’t care for Cloud Atlas though lol)

  2. For the first time in my life I have read one of these — Room — though my review has not gone up yet. I will be surprised and rather disappointed if it wins.

    • I read Room over the weekend and was saving review up until closer to publication date, but will probably put it up at end of week. I thought it was an astonishingly good read — one of those books that really alters your mood and gets you thinking about things in a totally different way. Definitely one of the best books I’ve read this year. Intrigued why you say you will be disappointed if it wins…

    • Hmmm thats interesting Harriet as from your review I thought you sort of liked it, sort of.

  3. Haven’t read any title on the list but a few are on my tbr and wish list (Parrot and Oliver in America, Skippy Dies, The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet, and C).

    • I am not sure about The Thousand Autumns, I think because of my poor relations with Cloud Atlas (I am one of the only people in the world not to love this and am very aware of the fact) I am rather nervous of reading it.

  4. Bet

    I haven’t read any of them, but found The Hand That First Held Mine absolutely stunning; a book that sticks with you long after you’ve finished it… I found myself thinking about it and finding parallelisms that I hadn’t seen while reading it… sigh. Isn’t that the mark of an excellent book? Sometimes I feel the Booker prize is often for the book that the judges feel is the most cleverly written.

    • I was a little surprised that O’Farrell was on the list, but then how do we know she was put forward. Its one of my fav’s of the year so am sad it missed out, plus I think she deserves more notice.

  5. I’m excited by the list – I like that it is rather unpredictable and wasn’t made up of all the expected names. I’m disappointed that Ghost Light didn’t make the list but will read it anyway! I haven’t read any, only own two and don’t know an awful lot about some of them. However, I am thoroughly DELIGHTED that Alan Warner made the cut; The Sopranos (which The Stars in the Bright Sky is sequel to) is a thoroughly brilliant book.

    • I get what you mean about the fact some of the big names are missing, but I feel its almost a safe list and a little dull. I was expecting some debuts if I am honest. Mukherjee was robbed I tell you lol.

  6. I was planning to read the entire long list, but I’m feeling a bit deflated now as I hadn’t read as many as I’d hoped (only three). I’m not sure I want to squeeze 10 books in before the beginning of September – as you say it might become a chore.

    I’m also struggling to locate most of the books. I only own Room and most aren’t in the library. Not sure I want to buy 8 books. Perhaps I’ll feel more inspired soon, but the mixed reviews for most books on the list is quite disheartening at the moment.

    • Fortunately I now have a very valid reason for not reading the long list, mind you without that reason I probably wouldnt. It doesnt inspire me and I can’t put my finger on why. Will read Room and prob Skippy Dies, and finish off The Slap eventually.

  7. I’m disappointed there are no debut novels on the list; there were quite a few worth recognising this year, I think. Very pleased to see Skippy Dies on there, though!

  8. I haven’t read any of the titles on the list and I don’t think I will read the longlist. I’m not even sure if I’ll do the shortlist. I don’t want my reading to become a chore and I’ve found out that I like to choose what I’m going to read next last minute.

    • Yes reading on a whim has so much more going for it Iris, I learnt that last year. Mind you with The Green Carnation Prize looks like I will be reading less books by whim in the lead up to December ha.

  9. The list actually kind of excites me for the first time since … well, forever. It seems less rooted in the staid, the tried and true (no Amis, no McEwan). Already heard the usual complaints especially as to the lack of racial diversity among authors but am definitely interested in picking some of these up that might have escaped me otherwise. The three I especially want to read are C, Thousand Autumns and Skippy Dies.

  10. bookgazing

    Is horribly happy that there’s no McEwan nomination! And it;s very nice to see almost half the list by female writers, so perhaps last year wasn’t a flash in the pan.

    • Hahahaha this McEwan loathing is concerning me, I think he is a great writer.

      I think the amount of women is great, especially as all the papers said it would be the year of the big boys this year, apparently not.

  11. lizzysiddal

    I finished the Mitchell last night so together with Levy that makes two read. 11 to go …. No forget it – I only own two others (Galgut and Moore)so I’ll read them before the shortlist date and possibly the Dunmore (because I thought The Siege quite magnificient).

  12. I think this is a terrific list — a great mix of some interesting new names and some old familiars. Disappointed that my old buddy Joe O’Connor didn’t make it but delighted to see The Slap on there as well as Room. Will dust the old Carey off my TBR, which has been sitting there staring at me since last October!!! And I guess I’m gonna have to read Mitchell, even thought I wasn’t in a rush to read it when it first came out.

    • I’ve now thought about this a bit more, and I’m convinced this is a “populist” list. There doesn’t seem to be much on there pushing literary boundaries, but then I haven’t read them all, so this impression may be totally incorrect!

      • I feel like your latter comment Kim I have to say, the more I think about it the less bothered I am by it. ‘Room’ and ‘Skippy Dies’ I will definitley try and give a whirl.

  13. The Omnivore

    Hi there. If anyone’s interested, The Omnivore has rounded up all the press reviews for the longlisted books, bringing you a useful digest of quotes from UK and US newspapers and literary journals:


  14. Sarah

    I think it’s an intriguing list, a good mix of the heralded eg David Mitchell and the lesser known. Good to see us colonials well represented as well!

  15. Jon Appleton

    I think THE TERRIBLE PRIVACY OF MAXWELL SIM by Jonathan Coe is the best (eligible) book I’ve read in 2010. He never makes the Booker cut. A bit like David Lodge, alas, who should have been shortlisted in 2009. At least this year’s other ‘comic’ – ahem – novel didn’t make it. We all know the one I’m thinking of. Tee hee.

  16. This announcement reminds me that I have to get on my act to read these books. Dunmore, Mitchell and Murray interest me. Donoghue has been good in my book. I wonder who’s going to make the short-list. But I would like to explore it anyway since the winner doesn’t always resonate with me.

    • I have to admit I hadnt heard of Donoghue until the buzz about ‘Room’ way before the Man Booker Longlist was even announced. Dunmore sounds like an author I must try and discover next year.

  17. Oh my goodness, I can’t believe McEwan isn’t on there! Not that I’ve read it, I just assumed they shoved him on whatever he wrote.

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