Man Booker Prize 2008 – Longlist Announced
The longlist for the Man Booker Prize 2008 has been announced.
- The White Tiger, Aravind Adiga (Atlantic)
- Girl In A Blue Dress, Gaynor Arnold (Tindal Street)
- The Secret Scripture, Sebastian Barry (Faber & Faber)
- From A To X, John Berger (Verso)
- The Lost Dog, Michelle de Kretser (Chatto & Windus)
- Sea Of Poppies, Amitav Ghosh (John Murray)
- The Clothes On Their Backs, Linda Grant (Virago)
- A Case Of Exploding Mangoes, Mohammed Hanif (Jonathan Cape)
- The Northern Clemency, Philip Hensher (Fourth Estate)
- Netherland, Joseph O’Neill (Fourth Estate)
- The Enchantress Of Florence, Salman Rushdie (Jonathan Cape)
- Child 44, Tom Rob Smith (Simon & Schuster)
- A Fraction Of The Whole, Steve Toltz (Hamish Hamilton)
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)
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.
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July 29, 2008