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?