I have not followed the Man Booker prize before, or any literature prize prior to my enjoyment of reading this year’s Women’s Prize for fiction. As with the Woman’s Prize I am going to try and read the shortlist before the winner is announced in October. The short list won’t be announced till September, so right now I am playing guesswork. I find it disappointed that there are only three female authors on the longlist, and only two woman on the all white judging panel. I could reflect on this further, however, Naomi sums my feelings perfectly. Especially in regards to the argument put forward that this is about great fiction, not positive discrimination. Which, when reading Naomi’s post, you can’t help but question.
Frustrations aside, I am excited to read quite a few of the books on the longlist, which is as follows:
- We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves, Karen Joy Fowler
- The Blazing World, Siri Hustvedt
- How to be Both, Ali Smith
- To Rise Again at a Decent Hour, Joshua Ferris
- The Narrow Road to the Deep North, Richard Flanagan
- J, Howard Jacobson
- The Wake, Paul Kingsnorth
- The Bone Clocks, David Mitchell
- The Lives of Others, Neel Mukherjee
- Us, David Nicholls
- The Dog, Joseph O’Neill
- Orfeo, Richard Powers
- History of the Rain, Niall Williams
I was surprised by the addition of David Nicholls, as a big fan of One Day I am excited to read it. First on my to-read list are The Blazing World by Siri Hustvedt, History of the Rain by Niall Williams, and We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler. For no other reason that they interested me, and they are published. I’m not sure I can sit patiently and wait till September for either Nicholls book or The Bone Clock by David Mitchell. With their nominations I wonder their publication dates will be pulled forward.
What are your thoughts on the Man Booker prize?