Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Booker Prize Long List Announced

The judges for the 2008 Man Booker Prize for Fiction have announced the 13-book longlist for this year's prize:
  • Aravind Adiga for The White Tiger

  • Gaynor Arnold for Girl in a Blue Dress

  • Sebastian Barry for The Secret Scripture

  • John Berger for From A to X

  • Michelle de Kretser for The Lost Dog

  • Amitav Ghosh for Sea of Poppies

  • Linda Grant for The Clothes on Their Backs

  • Mohammed Hanif for A Case of Exploding Mangoes

  • Philip Hensher for The Northern Clemency

  • Joseph O'Neill for Netherland

  • Salman Rushdie for The Enchantress of Florence

  • Tom Rob Smith for Child 44

  • Steve Toltz for A Fraction of the Whole
This ‘Man Booker Dozen' was chosen from 112 entries (103 submitted by publishers and nine called in by the judges). The shortlist will be announced on September 9th. I haven’t yet decided if I will undertake the challenge I’ve undertaken in prior years: read all short-listed titles before the prize is announced on October 14th. I've already read one of these titles (A Case of Exploding Mangoes), and three other titles are on my (extremely lengthy) To Be Read list (The White Tiger, Netherland, and The Enchantress of Florence).


Library Cat said...

That sounds like a great challenge. I have been trying to get through The Satanic Verses...I just keep reading hoping it will click and I will understand whats going on! Did you read it?

Gwen Dawson said...

I've heard Satanic Verses can be a struggle. I haven't read it, but it's been sitting on my bookshelf for awhile now. Maybe I should dust it off...