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Man Booker Prize Longlist announced


The Man Booker Prize longlist was announced this week and many litbloggers have posted commentary on the selections. Per the Man Booker site: “The longlist of 19 books was chosen from 112 entries; 95 were submitted for the prize and 17 were called in by the panel of judges.”

I’m familiar with a lot of the titles, having seen them in the catalogues, but haven’t read any of them yet. I have Peter Carey’s Theft: a Love Story and Kate Grenville’s The Secret River on their way to me for review. Nadine Gordimer’s Get a Life and James Robertson’s The Testament of Gideon Mack are already on my pile for review. So now I have to have a look at the rest of the titles and decide which ones I want to try and read prior to the short list announcement on September 14 and the winner being announced on October 10.

Peter Carey – Theft: A Love Story (Faber & Faber)

Kiran Desai – The Inheritance of Loss (Hamish Hamilton)

Robert Edric – Gathering the Water (Doubleday)

Nadine Gordimer – Get a Life (Bloomsbury)

Kate Grenville – The Secret River (Canongate)

M.J. Hyland – Carry Me Down (Canongate)

Howard Jacobson – Kalooki Nights (Jonathan Cape)

James Lasdun – Seven Lies (Jonathan Cape)

Mary Lawson – The Other Side of the Bridge (Chatto & Windus)

Jon McGregor – So Many Ways to Begin (Bloomsbury)

Hisham Matar – In the Country of Men (Viking)

Claire Messud – The Emperor’s Children (Picador)

David Mitchell – Black Swan Green (Sceptre)

Naeem Murr – The Perfect Man (William Heinemann)

Andrew O’Hagan – Be Near Me (Faber & Faber)

James Robertson – The Testament of Gideon Mack (Hamish Hamilton)

Edward St Aubyn – Mother’s Milk (Picador)

Barry Unsworth – The Ruby in her Navel (Hamish Hamilton)

Sarah Waters – The Night Watch (Virago)

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3 Comments to

“Man Booker Prize Longlist announced”

  1. On August 19th, 2006 at 10:54 am dovegreyreader Says:

    Lovely to find your blog via your nomination for the Book Blogger’s Book Prize and always great to find a fellow knitter.Can we swap links?
    I’m also reading through as much of the longlist as I can so it will be good to see what we all think.

  2. On August 19th, 2006 at 11:08 am Janelle Martin Says:

    Thanks for the introduction! I’m excited to read your blog – what a great selection of books you read.

    I’ve posted a link to your blog! I’m curious to see what everyone else thinks of the longlist.

  3. On September 6th, 2006 at 1:22 pm TurboBookSnob Says:

    Hello, fellow book and Booker lovers! Nice to see others out there who are tring to read as much of the longlist as possible! I post my thoughts on my website,

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