2010: A Booker Odyssey

January 12, 2010 at 9:18 pm 2 comments


Something must have put me to sleep for several months, I wonder what it was? Anyway, as I look out on the snowy landscape outside, I think I should quickly get back to hibernation; but it is a new year, so before I do, let’s have a stupidly early look at the early runners and riders for this year’s prize.

As always there are a clutch of ‘usual suspects’, most notably the headline-grabbers Martin Amis (The Pregnant Widow) and Ian McEwan (Solar), and twice-winner Peter Carey (Parrot and Olivier in America).

David Mitchell’s The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet would also be vying for the top of my list of most eagerly awaited novels of 2010, along with Skippy Dies by Paul Murray, and Nicola Barker’s Burley Cross Postbox Theft – her first novel since Darkmans, which should have won in 2007 (and I was delighted to see so many people agreeing about that during the Books of the Decade discussion on The Guardian’s website).

I’m also going to be my usual biased self and tip Even the Dogs, by fellow Nottingham inhabitant Jon McGregor for this year’s shortlist. I suspect his poetic style may well find favour with this year’s judging panel, chaired as it is by Andrew Motion – the only man to survive being Poet Laureate.

His cohorts on the judging panel include three women: Rosie Blau (literary editor of the Financial Times); dancer, writer and broadcaster Deborah Bull (Creative Director of ROH2 at the Royal Opera House); and the biographer and critic Frances Wilson. They are joined by broadcaster Tom Sutcliffe (presenter of some excellent BBC Radio Four programmes including A Good Read and Round Britain Quiz). I imagine the five of them will soon be woken by the sound of books thudding onto their doormats.

It’s back to sleep for me now though – unless, that is, publishers want to wake me with the thudding sound of review copies landing on my doormat as well. After all, there’s always a first time, isn’t there?
Although I may be using the word ‘always’ wrongly.

[Hits snooze button]


Entry filed under: 2010, Booker.

Wolf follows Tiger At long last…the1970 long list!

2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Anonymous  |  January 15, 2010 at 3:14 am

    I want not acquiesce in on it. I regard as warm-hearted post. Expressly the designation attracted me to study the sound story.

  • 2. Anonymous  |  January 19, 2010 at 4:02 pm

    At last, I found this article again. You have few [url=http://tipswift.com]useful tips[/url] for my school project. Now, I won't forget to bookmark it. 🙂


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

Trackback this post  |  Subscribe to the comments via RSS Feed


Twitter Updates

Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 4 other followers

RSS Book2Book News

  • An error has occurred; the feed is probably down. Try again later.
wordpress visitor counter

%d bloggers like this: