Stop the Presses! The Booker Prize Longlist Has Been Announced

Posted: August 14, 2006 in Hot Book News

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At last, at last, the Booker Prize committee has released their longlist for the 2006 prize:

Carey, Peter Theft: A Love Story (Faber & Faber)
Desai, Kiran The Inheritance of Loss (Hamish Hamilton)
Edric, Robert Gathering the Water (Doubleday)
Gordimer, Nadine Get a Life (Bloomsbury)
Grenville, Kate The Secret River (Canongate)
Hyland, M.J. Carry Me Down (Canongate)
Jacobson, Howard Kalooki Nights (Jonathan Cape)
Lasdun, James Seven Lies (Jonathan Cape)
Lawson, Mary The Other Side of the Bridge (Chatto & Windus)
McGregor, Jon So Many Ways to Begin (Bloomsbury)
Matar, Hisham In the Country of Men (Viking)
Messud, Claire The Emperor’s Children (Picador)
Mitchell, David Black Swan Green (Sceptre)
Murr, Naeem The Perfect Man (William Heinemann)
O’Hagan, Andrew Be Near Me (Faber & Faber)
Robertson, James The Testament of Gideon Mack (Hamish Hamilton)
St Aubyn, Edward Mother’s Milk (Picador)
Unsworth, Barry The Ruby in her Navel (Hamish Hamilton)
Waters, Sarah The Night Watch (Virago)

I own just one of these already (The Night Watch) and currently have one out via interlibrary loan (Black Swan Green). That means I’ll have to do an awful lot of scrambling, as a group of my more hardcore literary friends has decided to read as many of these as we can lay hands on and as quickly as possible. I guess I’ll be kept off the streets for the next several weeks. No idle hands for the devil, here!

My friends in the U.K. will have the distinct advantage, as not all of these are likely to be published in the U.S. quite yet, but don’t discount the Colonists just yet. Persistance is the better part of valor, after all, and I’m nothing if not persistant.

Keep tuned in as events develop. I’ll be sure to keep you informed on our progress as we read like madwomen, making our own predictions on the ULTIMATE VICTOR in the Booker Prize game.

For more info on the Man Booker Prize CLICK HERE

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