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Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Booker Longlist

Here it is! The Mann Booker Prize has just announced its longlist of nominees for 2006. In some ways this is the most useful part of the whole Booker process for booklovers. The final choice is inevitably controversial, and even the shortlist often seems to be curiously arbitrary. But the longlist does serve as a pretty interesting roundup of the year's top novels. In English. By Commonwealth writers. Here it is:

Carey., Peter Theft A love story
Desai, Kiran The Inheritance of Loss
Edric, Robert Gathering the Water
Gordimer Nadine Get a Life
Grenville, Kate The Secret River
Hyland, M.J Carry me Down
Jacobson, Howard Kalooki Nights
Lasdun, James Seven Lies
Lawson, Mary The Other Side of the Bridge (Canadian)
McGregor, Jon So many Ways to Begin
Matar, Hisham In the Country of Men
Messud, Claire The Emperor's children
Mitchell. David Black Swan Green
Murr, Naeem The Perfect Man
O'Hagan, Andrew Be Near Me
Robertson, James The Testament of Gideon Mack
St Aubyn, Edward Mother;s Milk
Unsworth, Barry The Ruby in Her navel
Waters, Sarah The Night Watch

If you use Vancouver Island Regional Library you will be able to
order about 10 of the titles. There is no listing for the other 9.


Anonymous Margaret L. said...

Thora! I'm so glad you are doing this. As I retire next June, I need help with suggestions for "grownup" books. This site couldn't have come at a better time. Are you adding any children's books? I just read Heck Superhero by Leavitt - best book I've read in ages. You are a great role model, Thora! Margaret L.

8:41 PM  
Blogger bookmaven said...

Hi Margaret:

I would love to have your reviews on books for young people. As one of the greatest librarians in the world, I know you could make this sight sing.

Let's talk about it.


8:02 PM  

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