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Man Booker Prize Long List 2012

Man Booker Prize 2012This has got to be my most eagerly awaited event of the literary year — the announcement of the authors and books who have successfully fought their way onto this year’s Man Booker Prize long list. The publication on the 25th July of the long list for the 2012 Man Booker prize will, as ever, cause much discussion and controversy — does the list follow mainstream trends too much? Is it brave enough? Is it too predictable? — these are generally the type of arguments that rage across the blogosphere and social media sites as soon as the list is released.

As usual, I don’t intend to slavishly read the entire list. My current TBR pile is growing ever larger anyway so, as usual, I will probably pick out several of the titles that most grab my imagination.

This years judging panel was chaired by Sir Peter Stothard, ably assisted by Dinah Birch, Amanda Foreman, Dan Stevens and Bharat Tandon, who have had to make their selections from a total of 147 submitted novels.

Read on to see the full 2012 Man Booker Longlist

Title Author Amazon US Link Amazon UK Link
The Yips
Nicola Barker Click Click
The Teleportation Accident Ned Beauman Click Click
André Brink Click Click
The Garden of Evening Mists Tan Twan Eng Click Click
Michael Frayn Click Click
The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry Rachel Joyce Click Click
Swimming Home Deborah Levy Click Click
Bring up the Bodies Hilary Mantel Click Click
The Lighthouse Alison Moore Click Click
Umbrella Will Self Click Click
Narcopolis Jeet Thayil Click Click
Communion Town Sam Thompson Click Click

Some of the above titles have yet to be released in the USA at the time of posting.

My first impression is that, as usual, a wide and interesting variety of  works have been selected. Some of the obvious contenders are up there, but again, there are some fresher faces to be seen amongst those on the list, and this will certainly do no harm in boosting these emerging literary talents. One of the latter is Rachel Joyce’s debut — The Unlikely Pilgrimage Of Harold Fry. I’ve had this on my radar to read for a while as it sounds interesting and has had some great reviews. I’ll definitely be adding this to my list, and also possibly Skios, which sounds amusing — nice to see a bit of humour in there as there has been on the last couple of lists (Skippy Dies and Stars in the Bright Sky spring to mind).

Overall though, my impression is that this is not the most inspiring of the recent Man Booker long lists. I would be interested to hear what others thought of it.

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