Curried Salman?

July 28, 2008 at 12:33 am Leave a comment

The longlist for the 2008 Man Booker Prize will be announced on Tuesday, and predictions are flying around – especially at the Picador blog where they are offering £50 worth of books to whoever guesses the most right. I wasn’t planning on making any predictions after jinxing Gerard Woodward last year, but for the chance of another fifty quids worth of books I don’t have space for, or time to read, what the hell!
Here are my wild guesses:

Aravind Adiga – The White Tiger
Nadeem Aslam – The Wasted Vigil
Robert Edric – In Zodiac Light
Damon Galgut – The Impostor
Steven Galloway – The Cellist of Sarajevo
Dawn Garisch – Once, Two Islands
Helen Garner – The Spare Room
Sadie Jones – The Outcast
Michelle de Kretser – The Lost Dog
Elizabeth Lowry – The Bellini Madonna
David Park – The Truth Commissioner
Salman Rushdie – The Enchantress Of Florence
Helen Walsh – Once Upon A Time In England

…and here are another thirteen I could equally well have picked:

Sebastian Barry – The Secret Scripture
John Burnside – Glister
Andrew Crumey – Sputnik Caledonia
Peter Carey – His Illegal Self
Amitav Ghosh – Sea of Poppies
Mohammed Hanif – A Case of Exploding Mangoes
Zoë Heller – The Believers
Howard Jacobson – The Act of Love
Adam Mars-Jones – Pilcrow
James Kelman – Kieron Smith, Boy
Joseph O’Neill – Netherland
Ross Raisin – God’s Own Country
Tim Winton – Breath

Significantly (or perhaps not) two former judges have nailed their colours firmly to the mast, telling the world exactly what is going to win this year – not that they agree, of course…

Susan Hill, author, blogger, and Booker judge in 1975, is certain that The Spare Room by Helen Garner will…or, erm…should win this year’s prize; whereas John Sutherland, a judge in 1999 and 2005, insists that: “if The Enchantress of Florence doesn’t win this year’s Man Booker I’ll curry my proof copy and eat it.

Well, I’ve heard of having to eat your own words – but someone else’s?
It’s especially brave considering how many people find Rushdie’s novels indigestible…


Entry filed under: Booker, John Sutherland, Picador, Rushdie, Susan Hill.

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