Thursday, July 29, 2010

Man Booker Prize longlist announced

Yesterday they announced the longlist for the Man Booker Prize, one of the most highly esteemed literary brass rings out there. For those who may be unfamiliar, the prize is awarded "for the best original full-length novel, written in the English language, by a citizen of the Commonwealth of Nations, Ireland, or Zimbabwe." It's such a big deal that even being shortlisted for it is still pretty prestigious. It's also one of the few publishing prizes I am personally invested in, and still always make it a point to check out the honorees of.
  • Parrot and Olivier in America by Peter Carey (excerpt)
  • Room by Emma Donoghue (excerpt)
  • The Betrayal by Helen Dunmore (excerpt)
  • In a Strange Room by Damon Galgut (excerpt)
  • The Finkler Question by Howard Jacobson
  • The Long Song by Andrea Levy (excerpt)
  • C by Tom McCarthy
  • The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet by David Mitchell (excerpt)
  • February by Lisa Moore (excerpt)
  • Skippy Dies by Paul Murray (excerpt)
  • Trespass by Rose Tremain (excerpt [scroll down])
  • The Slap by Christos Tsiolkas (excerpt)
  • The Stars in the Bright Sky by Alan Warner
[Excerpts dug up by more diligent and industrious hands than mine, over at The Millions.]

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