Tuesday, September 8, 2009

2009 Man Booker Prize shortlist announced

Well, the shorlist was announced this morning. It's close to what I imagined, and includes a classic Booker-esque uspet with the inclusion of Adam Foulds's The Quickening Maze. I'm reading it now and while I wouldn't say it's a bad book, it's miles below the likes of Brooklyn and How to Paint a Dead Man. The 2009 Man Booker Prize shortlist is as follows:

Hilary Mantel, Wolf Hall
Sarah Waters, The Little Stranger
Simon Mawer, The Glass Room
Adam Foulds, The Quickening Maze
J.M. Coetzee, Summertime
A.S. Byatt, The Children's Book

I expect the judges will steer away from the Coetzee and the Byatt. At this point, although I have not read either of them, I'd throw my money on either The Glass Room or Wolf Hall. The winner is announced in early October and I'll update us all again then. Happy reading!

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