Wednesday, July 25, 2012

2012 Man Booker Prize longlist announced

As you may have already heard, the 2012 Man Booker Prize longlist was announced earlier today. An interesting list, and one missing a number of the usual suspects: no sign of Ian McEwan, Zadie Smith, and John Banville, despite all of them having new novels out this year. Here's what the list is looking like:

Nicola Barker, "The Yips"
Ned Beauman, "The Teleportation Accident"
Andre Brink, "Philida"
Tan Twan Eng, "The Garden of Evening Mists"
Michael Frayn, "Skios"
Rachel Joyce, "The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry"
Deborah Levy, "Swimming Home"
Hilary Mantel, "Bring up the Bodies"
Alison Moore, "The Lighthouse"
Will Self, "Umbrella"
Jeet Thayil, "Narcopolis"
Sam Thompson, "Communion Town"

After last year, I've decided to scale back my rush to read the list and attempt at collecting the winning title. Of these, I'd heard about the new books by Nicola Barker and Tan Twan Eng. I absolutely loved Darkmans and The Gift Of Rain has received rave reviews from many people I know, so I took the longlist announcement as a cue to pick these two up. As for the rest, I think I'll wait until the shortlist before I look into them.

Have you read any of these? Leave your thoughts in the comments if you feel like a chat.

Currently reading:
A Million Heavens by John Brandon

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