2009 Man Booker Prize

bookerThe longlist for the 2009 Man Booker Prize is out — it is listed on the sidebar (with links to books that I have already reviewed) and you can go to the Man Booker site for more details. Open to all authors with Commonwealth citizenship, I have always found it to be one of the more important literary prize competitions.

I hope to be able to review all of the longlist contenders before the shortlist is announced (the Coetzee and Trevor may be a challenge as neither has been released, but we shall see). I’ve read five of the 13 so far — three have already been reviewed, two more were so disappointing that I did not review them at the time but my grumpy reviews will be up in a week or so (forewarned is forearmed).

All thoughts on all contenders — or those overlooked — are welcome. And of course by all means leave your own predictions; that’s part of the fun of literary prize competitions.

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2 Responses to “2009 Man Booker Prize”

  1. Isabel Says:

    I haven’t read any of the books. Hopefully, we can read one for book club.

    Did you notice the 2 contests to win books? Check my blog for the links.

  2. Jonathan Birch Says:

    Predictions? Well these things are always unpredictable, but I’d make Toibin, Waters and Mantel the favourites.

    I’m glad to see that there’s been none of the spurning of big names that has characterized the prize in the last two years.

    I’m looking forward to Coetzee’s new one, but I think a 3rd Booker is almost out of the question.

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