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Man Booker Prize 2008 – Longlist Announced

The longlist for the Man Booker Prize 2008 has been announced.

The shortlist will be announced six weeks from now, on 9th September, 2008, with the winner being declared on 14th October, 2008.

This year’s panel of judges tasked with whittling down over a hundred titles to the thirteen above, and ultimately to the winner, are:

Michael Portillo (Chair)
Alex Clark
Louise Doughty
James Heneage
Hardeep Singh Kohli

Personally, my first reaction was what?! Admittedly I’ve not read any of these but the inclusion of Tom Rob Smith’s Child 44 seems so odd, perhaps even anti-Booker, given that I’ve never viewed it as anything more than an over-hyped thriller. Some titles – the Arnold, the Grant – come so far out of left field as to be exciting, while the absence of the bigger hitters – no Carey, no Coetzee, no Crumey, no Galgut, no Winton – allows for some lesser known names in Hanif, Adiga, and Toltz. And even the lure of a sixteen year hiatus wasn’t enough for Helen Garner’s The Spare Room to see her onto the list.

A tip for anyone, especially those outside of the United Kingdom, looking to secure these titles: you’ll get free delivery worldwide from The Book Depository.

July 29, 2008

9 responses to Man Booker Prize 2008 – Longlist Announced

  1. jem said:

    What’s your initial opinion of the list Stewart? It seems to me a little less accessible than it’s been for the last couple of years. Perhaps slipping back to the older style Booker lists? a couple of giants in there too!

  2. jem said:

    Whoops, I think I asked my question while you were adding your last paragraph! I look forward to see what you make of the books on the list. Can’t say I’m drawn to Child 44 either.

  3. chartroose said:

    How many of these lists has Rushdie been on? I guess I’ll have to read something written by him (((sigh)))

  4. Chartroose I’m feeling very wobbly about having to be a grown up and read a book by Salman.
    Child 44’s inclusion still has me flummoxed and though I loved it as a page-turning thriller I’d never in a year of Sundays marked it as a Booker Longlister, someone on the panel must have really laid down and died for this book or the goalposts have changed re what is a Booker book? Accusations of snobbery flying around at those who are questioning its presence on the list but it’s not snobbery rather mystification this end.

  5. Stewart said:

    How many of these lists has Rushdie been on?

    Well Midnight’s Children is a Booker winner thrice over. Perhaps the consistent listing of Rushdie means we have to read him. I’ve always avoided his books but, looking at The Enchantress Of Florence, I’m rather expecting to enjoy it.

    Child 44’s inclusion still has me flummoxed and though I loved it as a page-turning thriller I’d never in a year of Sundays marked it as a Booker, someone on the panel must have really laid down and died for this book…

    I think it has many flummoxed. That someone may have been Hardeep Singh Kohli whose literary tastes, by his own admission takes in a fair amount of Harry Potter, admiring “the quality of the story-telling, the scope and range of the writing.” Quite!

  6. I have to say, so far so good on the longlist (I’ve only read two, though). Both Netherland and The White Tiger were excellent in my opinion. Now on to . . . I don’t know yet, but I’ll decide quickly!

  7. Just posted my review of Child 44, my longest review yet since this one raised so many interesting questions – though not the kind that an author necessarily wants – like “is this quality?” “Should this be on the longlist?” etc. Looking forward to your, and any one else’s, thoughts!

  8. Stewart said:

    Had a bit of a slip with other things on, so hope to get a couple of reviews written up shortly. Didn’t enjoy Child 44 one bit and still can’t associate it with the Booker, no matter how hard I try. I’m currently crawling though Michelle de Kretser’s The Lost Dog which demands unflinching attention. Not helpful, as I like a bit of flinching.

  9. I have to say, so far so good on the longlist (I’ve only read two, though). Both Netherland and The White Tiger were excellent in my opinion. Now on to . . . I don’t know yet, but I’ll decide quickly!

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9 responses to Man Booker Prize 2008 – Longlist Announced

  1. jem said:

    What’s your initial opinion of the list Stewart? It seems to me a little less accessible than it’s been for the last couple of years. Perhaps slipping back to the older style Booker lists? a couple of giants in there too!

  2. jem said:

    Whoops, I think I asked my question while you were adding your last paragraph! I look forward to see what you make of the books on the list. Can’t say I’m drawn to Child 44 either.

  3. chartroose said:

    How many of these lists has Rushdie been on? I guess I’ll have to read something written by him (((sigh)))

  4. Chartroose I’m feeling very wobbly about having to be a grown up and read a book by Salman.
    Child 44’s inclusion still has me flummoxed and though I loved it as a page-turning thriller I’d never in a year of Sundays marked it as a Booker Longlister, someone on the panel must have really laid down and died for this book or the goalposts have changed re what is a Booker book? Accusations of snobbery flying around at those who are questioning its presence on the list but it’s not snobbery rather mystification this end.

  5. Stewart said:

    How many of these lists has Rushdie been on?

    Well Midnight’s Children is a Booker winner thrice over. Perhaps the consistent listing of Rushdie means we have to read him. I’ve always avoided his books but, looking at The Enchantress Of Florence, I’m rather expecting to enjoy it.

    Child 44’s inclusion still has me flummoxed and though I loved it as a page-turning thriller I’d never in a year of Sundays marked it as a Booker, someone on the panel must have really laid down and died for this book…

    I think it has many flummoxed. That someone may have been Hardeep Singh Kohli whose literary tastes, by his own admission takes in a fair amount of Harry Potter, admiring “the quality of the story-telling, the scope and range of the writing.” Quite!

  6. I have to say, so far so good on the longlist (I’ve only read two, though). Both Netherland and The White Tiger were excellent in my opinion. Now on to . . . I don’t know yet, but I’ll decide quickly!

  7. Just posted my review of Child 44, my longest review yet since this one raised so many interesting questions – though not the kind that an author necessarily wants – like “is this quality?” “Should this be on the longlist?” etc. Looking forward to your, and any one else’s, thoughts!

  8. Stewart said:

    Had a bit of a slip with other things on, so hope to get a couple of reviews written up shortly. Didn’t enjoy Child 44 one bit and still can’t associate it with the Booker, no matter how hard I try. I’m currently crawling though Michelle de Kretser’s The Lost Dog which demands unflinching attention. Not helpful, as I like a bit of flinching.

  9. I have to say, so far so good on the longlist (I’ve only read two, though). Both Netherland and The White Tiger were excellent in my opinion. Now on to . . . I don’t know yet, but I’ll decide quickly!

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