Thursday, August 09, 2007

2007 Man Booker Prize Longlist

The longlist this year is a Booker's Dozen:

Nicola Barker - Darkmans
Edward Docx - Self Help
Tan Twan Eng - The Gift Of Rain
Anne Enright - The Gathering
Mohsin Hamid - The Reluctant Fundamentalist
Peter Ho Davies - The Welsh Girl
Lloyd Jones - Mister Pip
Nikita Lalwani - Gifted
Ian McEwan - On Chesil Beach
Catherine O'Flynn - What Was Lost
Michael Redhill - Consolation
Indra Sinha - Animal's People
AN Wilson - Winnie & Wolf

No Gerard Woodward then. Hmmmm.
I would imagine Chatto and Windus must be disappointed - assuming they entered it for the prize, of course. They wouldn't have pinned their hopes on Blake Morrison and Rose Tremain instead, would they?

As always the bookies latched onto the most famous writer in the list (Ian McEwan, as usual) and installed him as the favourite. Remember: the bookies are always wrong. William Hill initially made Mister Pip the 20/1 outsider - I'm guessing those odds will shorten a bit by the time the winner is announced on October 16th.

The shortlist will be revealed on September 6th. Add to My MSN Add to My Yahoo! Add to Google - Get paid to have your say


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