Friday, August 6, 2010
Booker long list
So the Longlist for the 2010 Man Booker Prize has been announced. We discussed various literary prize winners in my writing class a while ago, questioning our teacher (who's been on a few judging panels) on how judgement is arrived at and what criteria is involved.
From what I can gather, it ultimately comes down to some vague and intangible sense of 'which one everyone liked most'. Hmm. The last few 'prize winning' books I've read - primarily out of curiosity over what makes an award winning story - were, with the exception of Wolf Hall, fairly underwhelming.
Always fun to look through the list though. Here it is.
PS. Just a note - if The Slap wins the Booker Prize I will throw up.
Peter Carey, Parrot and Olivier 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 Jacob 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)