Every year, I’m excited about the Man Booker Prize. I’m not quite sure why it’s this prize in particular that interests me the most, but fact is, it is. Maybe because it often is very good books that are both long- and short-listed as well as eventually wins.
Every year I want to read the long-list and thereby form my own opinion on which books deserve to be put on the short-list – and which book ultimately deserves to win. Each year I fail in doing this – mostly because I can’t afford buying all the books (and most of them aren’t available in Denmark anyway so I have to order them from abroad which of course costs more). Time is also a factor in my not getting around to reading the entire long-list. Still, I dream of doing so one year.
Last year, Hilary Mantel made history by winning for the second time – with the second book in her Cromwell series.
This year – someone else will get the honor.
This year’s longlist:
- Ruth Ozeki: A Tale for the Time Being
- Charlotte Mendelson: Almost English
- Tash Aw: Five Star Billionaire
- Jim Crace: Harvest
- Richard House: The Kills
- Jhumpa Lahiri: The Lowland
- Eleanor Catton: The Luminaries
- Eve Harris: The Marrying of Chani Kaufman
- Donal Ryan: The Spinning Heart
- Colm Toibin: The Testament of Mary
- Colum McCann: TransAtlantic
- Alison MacLeod: Unexploded
- Noviolet Bulawayo: We Need New Names
You can read more about these books here.
I haven’t read any of these books – and only one book by one of the longlisted authors (Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann which I loved).
I will try to see if I can find some of these and at least make it through a few of them before the shortlist will be revealed on September 10.
Anybody have any thoughts on this year’s longlist?