Tuesday, July 26, 2011

2011 Booker Prize longlist announced

The Booker longlist was announced this morning, and it's looking like an interesting set of titles! There are many first novels on the list, as well as many novels that lean a bit towards the realm of mystery and genre fiction.

Here's this year's lineup:

Julian Barnes, The Sense of an Ending
Sebastian Barry, On Canaan's Side
Carol Birch, Jamrach's Menagerie
Patrick deWitt, The Sisters Brothers
Esi Edugyan, Half Blood Blues
Yvvette Edwards, A Cupboard Full of Coats
Alan Hollinghurst, The Stranger's Child
Stephen Kelman, Pigeon English
Patrick McGuinness, The Last Hundred Days
A.D. Miller, Snowdrops
Alison Pick, Far to Go
Jane Rogers, The Testament of Jessie Lamb
D.J. Taylor, Derby Day

Based on a quick run through of various synopses, I'm most intrigued by Jamrach's Menagerie, The Sisters Brothers, and Snowdrops. Reading up on Snowdrops reminds me of James Meek's excellent The People's Act of Love, and Jamrach's and The Sisters Brothers look to have just enough indulgent pulp to send them right to the top of my reading list. Sebastian Barry, Julian Barnes and Alan Hollinghurst represent the European literati I expect from the Booker list each year, but I might skip the Barnes this year due to his somewhat lukewarm collection Pulse.

I've ordered some new books and will update the blog when they arrive.

Currently reading:
J.G. Ballard, Millennium People

Currently listening to:
The Caretaker, "An Empty Bliss Beyond this World"


  1. Sebastian Barry is Irish.

  2. Yeesh, of course he is. Thanks for the correction.

    I'm very much looking forward to On Canaan's Side--I quite enjoyed A Long Long Way and the Secret Scripture... hope this is the one that finally wins him the prize.