2013 Man Booker Longlist announced

It’s now clear that I do not have a glittering career ahead of me as a bookmaker, since the only book I predicted to get on this year’s Man Booker Prize shortlist, was nowhere to be seen.

A number of newspapers have commented on the absence from the longlist announced today of past winners Margaret Attwood and JM Coetzee. The 13 titles on the list do contain some surprises (3 debut novelists and four titles that haven’t even been published yet). But my favoured candidate Chimamanda Ngozi Adichi failed to make an appearance with Americanah. It’s actually no bad thing that big names don’t automatically get onto the list – it means there is a chance for some lesser-known authors to come to our attention.

I’ve not read a single one of the titles on this list though I do have Column McCann’s Transatlantic sitting in my e-reader so I can at least get around to reading one of these before the short list is announced in mid September. I suspect some brave souls will be trying to read all 13 novels by then (luckily there is one that is only just 100 pages long although there is another which comes in at a whopping 1,000 pages). I won’t be one of them – there is no way I can read that fast nor do I want to feel like I’m racing against a clock. These authors sweated long and hard to write them so I want to do justice to their work by giving them time to wow me. 

If you want the list of titles, you can find it on the Man Booker prize site. If you do read any of the novels, don’t forgote to come over to the CompleteBooker blog and share your review.

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What do you need to know about me? 1. I'm from Wales which is one of the countries in the UK and must never be confused with England. 2. My life has always revolved around the written and spoken word. I worked as a journalist for nine years then in international corporate communications 3. My tastes in books are eclectic. I love realism and hate science fiction and science fantasy. 4. I am trying to broaden my reading horizons geographically by reading more books in translation

Posted on July 23, 2013, in Book Reviews and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.

  1. I’m halfway through Richard House’s ‘The Kills’ and very much enjoying it. I work in the same department as he does, so it was already on my I-Pad, but I must admit I’d not even thought it might have been nominated not because of anything to do with the book but because somehow you don’t think about the nominees being real people.

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  2. Oh you are right. Attwool and Coetzee are missing too. I had expected Adiche to be on there as well and I want to read more from all these three so would have enjoyed to see them on. But the list will definitely introduce me to some new authors this year since the only one I’ve read is Colum McCann.

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  3. I haven’t read any of the list either, many of the books and authors I hadn’t heard of. I have two of the list on my kindle, The Testament of Mary by Colm Toibin and Harvest by Jim Crace.

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