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
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
I actually received my copy of The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood as a prize in a competition being run by Foyles bookshop for World Book Night earlier this year. As the prize could have been any one of the twenty five titles being promoted I was doubly pleased when the package landed on the doormat and it was by a writer that I hadn’t previously read.
So how did I get on with this Booker Prize Winner from the year 2000?
Read on for a full review…