The Man Booker Longlist 2011

Well here it is…

The Sense of an Ending – Julian Barnes (Jonathan Cape – Random House)
On Canaan’s Side – Sebastian Barry (Faber)
Jamrach’s Menagerie – Carol Birch (Canongate Books)
The Sisters Brothers – Patrick deWitt (Granta)
Half Blood Blues – Esi Edugyan (Serpent’s Tail – Profile)
A Cupboard Full of Coats – Yvvette Edwards (Oneworld)
The Stranger’s Child – Alan Hollinghurst (Picador – Pan Macmillan)
Pigeon English – Stephen Kelman (Bloomsbury)
The Last Hundred Days – Patrick McGuinness (Seren Books)
Snowdrops – A.D. Miller (Atlantic)
Far to Go – Alison Pick (Headline Review)
The Testament of Jessie Lamb – Jane Rogers (Sandstone Press)
Derby Day – D.J. Taylor (Chatto & Windus – Random House)

I am thrilled to see Carol Birch and Sebastian Barry on there (I guessed 2/13 – I am officially rubbish) and also very excited about the fact that I don’t know a lot of the others. So am off to investigate before I do a round up post a little later. What do you think of the list?

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22 responses to “The Man Booker Longlist 2011

  1. Don’t worry, I guessed a paltry 1/13 (Hollinghurst). Although, I probably shoulda called-out Julian Barnes. Whoops.

  2. I have not read or heard of any of them
    Does that surprise you Simon/
    No I don’t suppose it does!!!

  3. Only Pigeon English is on my wishlist, so there’s no need for complaining, you still rock the book boat! :))

  4. gaskella

    I didn’t make a list at all, but I’m totally delighted to see Patrick De Witt on there (hadn’t twigged he is Canadian), I adored The Sisters Brothers – the only one I’ve read.

    • I saw your thoughts on this one Annabel and having now read it (review will arrive at some point) I really hope that it is on the short list, its one of the joys the longlist brought to me.

  5. Have not read any of them. Yet. Always find that the Booker list is one with greatest number of “What?”s for me. 🙂 Always inspiration for a stretch off the beaten path though. Really want to read the Barry and the Hollinghurst (both not off the beaten path).

  6. Possibly the strangest Booker list I’ve ever seen — where’s Enright, Gail Jones and St Aubyn?
    Am very happy to see Seb Barry on it though. Am mid-way through On Canaan’s Side — and lovlng it, but that’s no surprise, given he is one of my favourite authors.

    • I am hoping he is on the shortlist I have to say. I loved the Barry, a lot. I also passed it onto my aunty who hated Brooklyn (she must be a bit bonkers) and she thought it was brilliant too.

      It was a bonkers list, one I got excited by and then puzzled over.

  7. I only guessed one, too. That is becoming a trend as I think the judges this year threw a bit of a curveball and gave us a varied and unexpected list. There’s quite a few I’m interested in and they should be arriving today or tomorrow. Looking forward to getting stuck in.

  8. Kim

    I haven’t read any, so I’m off to investigate as well.

  9. I picked up (but didn’t buy – I was looking for poetry) Pigeon English on Monday, it looks really good, I may go and grab it today to start my reading of the list.

    • Its one of the most readable on the longlist, I am not sure Pigeon English is one of the best. I am sad at the amount of almost vitriol that its had though, not fair on the author or the book.

  10. I’m excited that my library carries a lot of them or has them on-order. Usually, we only have a few of the long list on the shelves. This year I’ll be able to have access to many more than I usually have. I think it is a really eclectic list and I’m looking forward to reading along with other bloggers!

    • My library still hasnt got some of them so yours must be a brilliant library. I was lucky enough to have publishers contacting me to read them. I have read some and dipped into several. I’m all over the shop about how I feel about them.

  11. Curlw

    Just bought Stephen Kelman’s Pigeon English (first chapter looks promising) and about to place an order with Amazon for Yvette Edward’s book. Let’s hope for the best!!

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