2011 Man Booker Prize
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The longlist ("Booker Dozen") for this year's prize has just been announced:
Julian Barnes The Sense of an Ending (Jonathan Cape - Random House)
Sebastian Barry On Canaan's Side (Faber)
Carol Birch Jamrach's Menagerie (Canongate Books)
Patrick deWitt The Sisters Brothers (Granta)
Esi Edugyan Half Blood Blues (Serpent's Tail - Profile)
Yvvette Edwards A Cupboard Full of Coats (Oneworld)
Alan Hollinghurst The Stranger's Child (Picador - Pan Macmillan)
Stephen Kelman Pigeon English (Bloomsbury)
Patrick McGuinness The Last Hundred Days (Seren Books)
A.D. Miller Snowdrops (Atlantic)
Alison Pick Far to Go (Headline Review)
Jane Rogers The Testament of Jessie Lamb (Sandstone Press)
D.J. Taylor Derby Day (Chatto & Windus - Random House)
The shortlist for this year's prize will be announced on 6 September, and the winner will be announced on 18 October.
More info: http://www.themanbookerprize.com/news/stories/1514
You are quick, Darryl - I figured that you, like me, would be awaiting this news!
Right, Cait! I was following tweets from @ManBookerPrize, and posted the list as soon as I saw it.
On a quick glance at the list, I have The Stranger's Child and Pigeon English, but none of the others. I may have a sample of Jamrach's Menagerie on my Kindle, so I'll purchase it. I'm surprised (and disappointed) that River of Smoke didn't make the longlist.
I was glued to Twitter as well! I haven't read any of these either, and I'm disappointed that the new Ondaatje didn't make the list.
>4 Same here, especially since I've purchased a ticket to Ondaatje's talk at the British Museum next month:
Michael Ondaatje in conversation
Wow, I haven't heard of any of these, or even a lot of the authors! I'll be interested in recommendations of ones to read.
At least five of the 13 longlisted books are currently available in the US: Jamrach's Menagerie, The Sisters Brothers, Pigeon English, Snowdrops, and Far to Go (and I'm in the process of downloading the four I don't currently own onto my Kindle). Here are the US release dates for the other books:
The Sense of an Ending: 24 Jan
On Canaan's Side: 8 Sep
Half Blood Blues: ?
The Stranger's Child: 11 Oct
The Last Hundred Days: ?
The Testament of Jessie Lamb: ?
Derby Day: ?
ETA: A Cupboard Full of Coats is available in the US, but not (yet) in electronic format. I've just ordered it from Amazon.
how fun!-- my library's got 2 that i've not read-- snowdrops and pigeon english. i've read the sister's brothers-- great gold rush gunslingers' western and jamrach's menagerie-- good, not great historical seafaring adventure. anxious to find out who's read the others.
>6 I haven't read any of these books yet, but I'll get started this weekend. Julian Barnes has been shortlisted thrice for the Booker (Arthur and George in 2005, England, England in 1998, and Flaubert’s Parrot in 1984), but hasn't won yet, so he may be an early favorite if the judges think that it's his turn this year. Sebastian Barry's novel The Secret Scripture was shortlisted in 2008. I think that Alan Hollinghurst is the only longlisted author that has won a Booker Prize, for The Line of Beauty in 2004, and his book The Folding Star made the shortlist 10 years before that. I read a nice review of Pigeon English several months ago, which is why I already have it on my Kindle, and Jamrach's Menagerie was longlisted for this year's Orange Prize (it's the only novel on both longlists, as far as I can tell). I'm completely unfamiliar with the other authors and novels.
ETA: I'll plan to read The Stranger's Child, Pigeon English, Jamrach's Menagerie, and probably one of the other books I've just downloaded to my Kindle next month, and post my thoughts about them here. I'll pick up the remaining six books when I travel to London next month, and attempt to read all or most of them while I'm there.
ETA(2): Turn Again Home by Carol Birch was longlisted for the Booker Prize in 2003.
Wow, some wonderful looking books there. Thanks for the heads-up. Is it typical that so many of them not be available in the U.S. yet?
That's what I was wondering... last year I was still in Europe and never paid attention to that...
>10, 11 - Yes, generally only about half of the books are available in the US. Books are eligible as long as they are published in the UK in the year of the prize, so some aren't even available in the UK yet.
>10, 11 Is it typical that so many of them not be available in the U.S. yet?
Yes, that's been true for the five years that I've been following the award closely (2007-11). If anything, there may be more titles available in the US this year (six) at the time of the longlist announcement than there have been in previous years. I've been in London during the summer or early fall for three of the past four years, so it's been easy for me to grab the longlisted books that I couldn't acquire in the US.
Cait: How many of these titles are available to Canadians? I would assume that more are available to you, since four of the longlisted authors are Canadian (Alison Pick, Patrick McGuinness, Patrick deWitt and Esi Edugyan).
Yeah - I know the eligibility rules - I think I never really paid any attention on where else they are available because I was usually buying my books from UK. :) Thanks :)
Actually, I was only able to download the same five books onto my Kindle that you could, Darryl, and the Edwards is available in hard copy as well. The McGuinness doesn't show up at all on Amazon.ca or Chapters, our major bookseller. The rest will be available on:
Barnes - August 2
Barry - Sept 13
Edugyan - Sept 24
Hollinghurst - Oct 11
Rogers - ?? Amazon says out of stock
Taylor - ?? Not available
I just checked BD and they are shipping Testament of Jessie Lamb. To Canada anyway.
OK - how many are first time novelists?
Miller, Edwards, McGuinness. Am I missing someone?
Nice to see a new book from Edugyan as well - had not even realized it is coming out this year.
>17 According to the announcement on the Man Booker Prize web site: "The four first time novelists on the list are Stephen Kelman, A.D. Miller, Yvvette Edwards and Patrick McGuinness."
Thanks to the encouragement of Cait and Jenny I've just created a new group, for further discussion of the Booker Prize. Any and all are welcome to join!
The shortlist for this year's Booker Prize has just been announced. The six finalists are:
The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes
Jamrach's Menagerie by Carol Birch
The Sisters Brothers by Patrick deWitt
Half Blood Blues by Esi Edugyan
Pigeon English by Stephen Kelman
Snowdrops by A.D. Miller
The prize will be awarded in London on October 18.
I think they'll give it to Julian Barnes on the basis that people believe he should have won it by now.
It's supposed to be announced today, but I haven't heard anything.
I would bet on Carol Birch's Jamrach's Menagerie. But I also think Julian Barnes's The Sense of an Ending would be a worthy winner. In the case of the Julian Barnes, it would be a little bittersweet. Flaubert's Parrot was such a wonderful book and didn't win, so awarding the Booker for the new book might feel like a make-up prize, or a nod to his entire career. Not fair, somehow.
Breaking news: The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes is the winner of the 2011 Booker Prize.
The Guardian already has a 10+ minute Books Podcast about the winner, the other shortlisted books, the books that the members felt should have been on the shortlist, and this "bad year for the Booker":
Guardian Books podcast: Barnes wins Booker
Having read four of the books, I have to agree that I found the shortlist disappointing as a whole. I thought the Barnes and the Birch were both excellent, and I'm very glad Julian Barnes won. It was the only book of the four that, after reading, I bought.
I did just pick up The Sisters Brothers from the library, so for me at least the Booker shortlist worked as a reading list.
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