Man Booker Prize 2010 – The Longlist

July 27, 2010 at 4:28 pm Leave a comment

Having read 138 books, the judges have spoken.

Here is their Man Booker Dozen for 2010:

Former Poet Laureate Sir Andrew Motion, chair of the judging panel, described them as “thirteen exceptional novels,” saying they had chosen them “for their intrinsic quality, without reference to the past work of their authors. Wide-ranging in their geography and their concern, they tell powerful stories which make the familiar strange and cover an enormous range of history and feeling. We feel confident that they will provoke and entertain.”

The other judges are Rosie Blau, literary editor of the Financial Times; the dancer, writer and broadcaster Deborah Bull; the biographer and critic Frances Wilson; and broadcaster Tom Sutcliffe. They meet again to select the shortlist in six weeks time, on September 7th.

It’s been a while since I cocked a snook at the bookies, but they really do ask for it. You would think that after last year – when Wolf Hall was heavily backed at 8/1 at this stage – they would have learned, but apparently not. William Hill made Andrea Levy the favourite, despite the fact that The Long Song didn’t even make the shortlist for the Orange Prize earlier this year. On Twitter (inevitably) Peter Florence was quick to point out that “David Mitchell at 9-2 is a smart bet.” No kidding. I imagine it will be the odds-on favourite before they can say: “ouch, stop biting our hands off.”

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