Tuesday, 27 July 2010

Man Booker Prize Long list annouced

So the long list for the Man Booker prize has been announced and are listed below. A few I recognise from various blogs and a few I see were predicted.

Do big prizes like this interest you and do read any books from lists like these?

I guess I’m like most people, I sometimes read the winner of these things but mostly I read some of the shortlisted books a few years later when they pop up in 2nd hand bookshops. Im also quite lazy, there will be some bloggers that will read the list and I will add the ones they rave about to my wishlist. This year I have been tempted to read them but my TBR list is as long as my arm at the moment so I think I will make a pledge to do this next year or maybe I’ll read the shortlist? I think that could be fun.

The longlist includes:

Peter Carey
Parrot and Oliver in America (Faber and Faber)

Emma Donoghue
Room (Pan MacMillan - Picador)

Helen Dunmore
The Betrayal (Penguin - Fig Tree)

Damon Galgut
In a Strange Room (Grove Atlantic - Atlantic Books)

Howard Jacobson
The Finkler Question (Bloomsbury)

Andrea Levy
The Long Song
(Headline Publishing Group - Headline Review)

Tom McCarthy
C (Random House - Jonathan Cape)

David Mitchell
The Thousand Autumns of Zacob de Zoet (Hodder & Stoughton - Sceptre)

Lisa Moore
February (Random House - Chatto & Windus)

Paul Murray
Skippy Dies (Penguin - Hamish Hamilton)

Rose Tremain
Trespass (Random House - Chatto & Windus)

Christos Tsiolkas
The Slap (Grove Atlantic - Tuskar Rock)

Alan Warner
The Stars in the Bright Sky(Random House - Jonathan Cape)


  1. I read the longlist last year and it meant some books I would never have read and might still not (like the marvellous Brooklyn for example) but it did take some joy out of reading for me because it came a ritual.

    'Skippy Dies' and 'The Slap' are two books on the list that I have really wanted to read for a while so I will read those anyway. I also really fancy Room.

  2. I read the longlist each year and love it. It's actually my favorite time of my reading year. I agree with savidgereads -- I've found authors & books that I may have otherwise not heard of or picked up on my own.

  3. Simon - I can understand that, I think if I was prepared for it it wouldnt be s much of a chore which is why Im not reading them this year. Guarenteed next year though my TBR list will still be long.

    Nancy - I will be keeping an eye on your blog then!!

  4. I've never payed attention the long list before, I usually just look at the books on the short list and decide if it's something I want to read. But this year I'm going to give it a go and try to read as many from the list as I can. I figure since I have until October, I should be able to read quite a few, so long as the library queues co-operate with me.

    But I do agree that it can become a chore trying to get through the whole list. I figure I'll pick the ones that interest me the most first.

  5. Although I don't always resonate with the winner, Booker prize does carry a weight for me. I have always made time and effort to read the longlist. The announcement means it's that time of the year in which I have to get my act together! I'm very interested in Dunmore, Mitchell, and Murray.

  6. Shan - I think the only reason I was tempted this year because quite alot of them appeal this year so I think I will read them eventually.

    Matt - I think the Booker and the Pulitzer are the two big events which interest me the most, since there are a lot.