The A to X of the 2008 Man Booker longlist

July 29, 2008 at 2:17 pm Leave a comment

The thirteen books on this year’s Man Booker Prize longlist are:

Aravind Adiga – The White Tiger
Gaynor Arnold – Girl in a Blue Dress
Sebastian Barry – The Secret Scripture
John Berger – From A to X
Michelle de Kretser – The Lost Dog
Amitav Ghosh – Sea of Poppies
Linda Grant – The Clothes on Their Backs
Mohammed Hanif – A Case of Exploding Mangoes
Philip Hensher – The Northern Clemency
Joseph O’Neill – Netherland
Salman Rushdie – The Enchantress Of Florence
Tom Rob Smith – Child 44
Steve Toltz – A Fraction of the Whole

I couldn’t love a jury more.
I knew John Berger had a new book coming out in September, but it never occurred to me that it might be in the running – I suspected he was blacklisted after his acceptance speech in 1972. King: A Street Story is one of my favourite books of all time, and I was terribly disappointed that it wasn’t even shortlisted in 1999. I can’t wait to read From A to X.

And a book about cricket as well! Marvellous.
(Although Susan Hill won’t agree.)


Entry filed under: Adiga, Amitav, Booker, books, Child 44, Gaynor Arnold, Hensher, John Berger, Kretser, Linda Grant, Man Booker Prize, Mohammed Hanif, Netherland, Rushdie, salman, Sebastian Barry, Susan Hill, Toltz.

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