Man Booker Dozen
The Man Booker Dozen, the list of 13 novels longlisted for the 2015 Man Booker Prize for Fiction has been announced. As usual, the press coverage has been about a controversy rather than the quality of the writing: this time, the fact that more American than British writers have been nominated now the range of the prize has been altered to any book publshed in English. Her’s an article from The Telegraph ‘American dominance of Man Booker prize longlist confirms worst fears’ Some of the comments sound rather like sour grapes from people who think they have less chance of winning but there is perhaps a genuine problem that major American prizes are not open to writers from around the world. Do you think prizes are better when limited to certain groups or better open to all?
Meanwhile, what do you think of the list? Has it inspired you to try any of the books? We have 5 of the thirteen titles in stock at the moment and will happily buy any of the rest if requested.
The shortlist is announced on 15 September and the winner on 13 October.
The full list is
Bill Clegg (US) – Did You Ever Have a Family
Anne Enright (Ireland) – The Green Road
Marlon James (Jamaica) – A Brief History of Seven Killings
Laila Lalami (US) – The Moor’s Account
Tom McCarthy (UK) – Satin Island
Chigozie Obioma (Nigeria) – The Fishermen
Andrew O’Hagan (UK) – The Illuminations
Marilynne Robinson (US) – Lila
Anuradha Roy (India) – Sleeping on Jupiter
Sunjeev Sahota (UK) – The Year of the Runaways
Anna Smaill (New Zealand) – The Chimes
Anne Tyler (US) – A Spool of Blue Thread
Hanya Yanagihara (US) – A Little Life