The 2012 Man Booker prize longlist was announced last week and there has been much talk about debut novelists being preferred to the ‘old guard’. Zadie Smith, Martin Amis and Ian McEwan were all given the cold shoulder in favour of Sam Thompson, Alison Moore and Jeet Thayil (who? exactly!).
Last year there was a great brouhaha about the books being chosen for their ‘readability’, this year it’s about books that are of high quality and that you will want to read again and again.
Of course there are some well known writers like Will Self and the favourite, Hilary Mantel, but all in all it’s a fairly unknown list, I think. What I am particularly pleased about is the strong presence of indie publishers (outlined below).
Not sure if I’ll get round to reading many of these books as I’ll be quite busy in the coming months but ‘Nacropolis’, ‘Communion Town’ and ‘Umbrella’ sound very interesting to me.
Anybody planning on reading the entire longlist or will you wait for the shortlist? Anyone tempted by a flutter on who will win it this year?
The 2012 Man Booker prize longlist – indie publishers:
The Garden of Evening Mists by Tan Twan Eng (Myrmidon Books / @myrmidonbooks
Narcopolis by Jeet Thayil (Faber & Faber / @faberbooks
The Yips by Nicola Barker (Fourth Estate)
The Teleportation Accident by Ned Beauman (Sceptre)
Philida by André Brink (Harvill Secker)
The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce (Doubleday)
Bring up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel (Fourth Estate)
Communion Town by Sam Thompson (Fourth Estate)
The Man Booker prize 2012 in pictures courtesy of the Guardian.