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?