Man Booker Shortlist Announced

Judges decide on six shortlisted titles

The six books, selected from the Man Booker Prize longlist of 13, are:

Peter Carey Parrot and Olivier in America (Faber and Faber)

Emma Donoghue Room (Picador – Pan Macmillan)

Damon Galgut In a Strange Room (Atlantic Books – Grove Atlantic)

Howard Jacobson The Finkler Question (Bloomsbury)

Andrea Levy The Long Song (Headline Review –
Headline Publishing Group)

Tom McCarthy C (Jonathan Cape – Random House)

Read the full press release here.


From the Man Booker Prize website:

The judges for the 2010 Man Booker Prize for Fiction today, Tuesday 27 July, announce the longlist for the prize, the leading literary award in the English speaking world.

A total of 138 books, 14 of which were called in by the judges, were considered for the ‘Man Booker Dozen’ longlist of 13 books.

The longlist includes:

Peter Carey Parrot and Olivier in America (Faber and Faber)

Emma Donoghue Room (Pan MacMillan – Picador)

Helen Dunmore The Betrayal (Penguin – Fig Tree)

Damon Galgut In a Strange Room (Grove Atlantic – Atlantic Books)

Howard Jacobson The Finkler Question (Bloomsbury)

Andrea Levy The Long Song
(Headline Publishing Group – Headline Review)

Tom McCarthy C (Random House – Jonathan Cape)

David Mitchell The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet (Hodder & Stoughton – Sceptre)

Lisa Moore February (Random House – Chatto & Windus)

Paul Murray Skippy Dies (Penguin – Hamish Hamilton)

Rose Tremain Trespass (Random House – Chatto & Windus)

Christos Tsiolkas The Slap (Grove Atlantic – Tuskar Rock)

Alan Warner The Stars in the Bright Sky
(Random House – Jonathan Cape)

The chair of judges, Andrew Motion, comments:

“Here are thirteen exceptional novels – books we have chosen for their intrinsic quality, without reference to the past work of their authors. Wide-ranging in their geography and their concern, they tell powerful stories which make the familiar strange and cover an enormous range of history and feeling. We feel confident that they will provoke and entertain.”

Peter Carey is one of only two authors to have won the prize twice, in 1988 for Oscar and Lucinda and 2001 for True History of the Kelly Gang. In 1985 his book Illywhacker was shortlisted for the prize and Theft: A Love Story was longlisted in 2006.

Three authors have been shortlisted before: David Mitchell (twice shortlisted in 2001 for number9dream and in 2004 for Cloud Atlas), Damon Galgut (in 2003 for The Good Doctor) and Rose Tremain (shortlisted in 1989 for Restoration). She was also a judge for the Booker Prize in 1988 and 2000.

Howard Jacobson has been longlisted twice for his book Kalooki Nights in 2006 and for Who’s Sorry Now? in 2002.

The 2010 shortlist will be announced on Tuesday 7 September at a press conference at Man Group’s London headquarters. The winner of the Man Booker Prize for Fiction 2010 will be revealed on Tuesday 12 October at a dinner at London’s Guildhall and will be broadcast on the BBC Ten O’Clock News.

The winner of the Man Booker Prize for Fiction will receive £50,000 and can look forward to greatly increased sales and worldwide recognition. Each of the six shortlisted authors, including the winner, will receive £2,500 and a designer bound edition of their shortlisted book.

Chaired by Andrew Motion, former Poet Laureate, the 2010 judges are Rosie Blau, Literary Editor of the Financial Times; Deborah Bull, formerly a dancer, now Creative Director of the Royal Opera House as well as a writer and broadcaster; Tom Sutcliffe, journalist, broadcaster and author and Frances Wilson, biographer and critic.

The New York Times has come out with their 100 Notable Books of 2009.

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A S Byatt The Children’s Book (Random House, Chatto and Windus)

J M Coetzee Summertime (Random House, Harvill Secker)

Adam Foulds The Quickening Maze (Random House, Jonathan Cape)

Hilary Mantel Wolf Hall (HarperCollins, Fourth Estate)

Simon Mawer The Glass Room (Little, Brown)

Sarah Waters The Little Stranger (Little, Brown, Virago)

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One of the reasons that I wrote this novel is that before Margaret ever got ill, I had alwayYglesias Covers wanted to write a novel about a long marriage, especially when I realized in middle age that I had fallen very deeply back in love with my wife in a way that was quite different than the sort of early days of infatuation. And I realized I couldn’t write a novel about that because it was a terrible invasion of her privacy and also because it’s very difficult to write about something that’s still ongoing, a relationship.

After she died, it occurred to me that I could go back to this subject because I would no longer be invading her privacy. And also, I could sit down and look at the marriage, which is really what grief was making me do anyway.

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Yglesias recounts Sabas’ internal struggles—professional insecurities, infidelity, resentment, and intense love—in bold and often painful detail. In the end, the reader is left with a graceful yet raw tale of illness, struggle, loss, and the resilience of love.

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Gabrielle Euvino delivers a humorous, and surprisingly practical, guide to the Italian language for trDirty Italian Coveravelers. With chapters including “Horny Italian,” “Angry Italian,” and “Sporty Italian,” she arms non-native speakers with the phrases that traditional travel guides fail to offer.

The book is arranged logically and interspersed with whimsical illustrations and text boxes of useful tidbits and facts. This slim edition is not meant to serve as a phrasebook—in fact, one of its shortcomings is the lack of an index—but rather provides the modern tourist with a bit of cultural cachet.

Euvino does warn, however that “I cannot as author be held responsible for any slaps, punches, kicks, or curses that may result from misuse of this book.” So slang with care!