Man Booker Long List Announced

August 1, 2008

I’m in the midst, as always, of collecting humanities-related events around the state but for now Nancy has been doing a wonderful job of keeping Hoosierati local, which gives me the opportunity to reach all the way to Old Blighty to let you know that the Man Booker Prize long list has been released.

Before roughly criticizing every book on the list (save the three he hasn’t read and the one he seems to like a little) Adam Roberts at the Valve does find time to say that the list offers something in the way of geographical and ethnic diversity. This may or may not be valuable to you as you near the end of your summer reading list. You may just want to wait until September 9 when this list gets shortened before seeking a title from it.

Unless Netherland makes it on the shorter list I doubt Roberts will be any happier but, if you were looking for something new–maybe something from Pakistan–or maybe a thriller set in Stalinist Russia–this is the list you’ve been waiting for:

  1. Aravind Adiga, The White Tiger
  2. Gaynor Arnold, Girl in a Blue Dress
  3. Sebastian Barry, The Secret Scripture
  4. John Berger, From A to X
  5. Michelle de Kretser, The Lost Dog
  6. Amitav Ghosh, Sea of Poppies
  7. Linda Grant, The Clothes on Their Backs
  8. Mohammed Hanif, A Case of Exploding Mangoes
  9. Philip Hensher, The Northern Clemency
  10. Joseph O’Neill, Netherland
  11. Salman Rushdie, The Enchantress of Florence
  12. Tom Rob Smith, Child 44
  13. Steve Toltz, A Fraction of the Whole

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