This 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
I have had David Miller’s novel Snowdrops on my “to read” list for quite a while, after reading a synopsis when it appeared on Amazon’s Rising Stars list earlier this year. It has since then received much acclaim, making it first onto this year’s Man Booker Shortlist, and then subsequently being selected for the final six.
Whichever way you look at it, this is quite some achievement already for a first novel, whether or not it eventually picks up the big prize, and I certainly thought it was an excellent debut from David Miller. The level of knowledge and feel that he displays for the book’s Russian setting was most impressive, and I most definitely look forward to reading more of his work in the future.
Read on for a full review…
Man Booker Judges 2011
On July 26th the long list for the 2011 Man Booker prize was revealed. For me this is always one of the most important events in the literary calendar. Although I don’t tend to slavishly read the entire list, it does usually form a sizeable part of my reading list for the forthcoming twelve months, so I always await the announcement with a growing sense of anticipation.
A total of 138 books, 7 of which were called in by the judges, were considered for the ‘Man Booker Dozen’ longlist of 13 books. The five judges – Dame Stella Rimington, Matthew d’Ancona, Susan Hill, Chris Mullin and Gaby Wood will review the entries before the short list is announced on Sept 6th.
Read on to see the full 2011 Man Booker Longlist