July 30, 2008

Booker Longlist Announced; Place Your Bets

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It’s that time of year again — the time when thirteen writers of the UK, Ireland and the Commonwealth raise their hopes to new heights in vying for the coveted Man Booker Prize for fiction. Bookie Darling Salman Rushdie, with three of these babies already under his belt, is among the contenders, and apparently, word in the back room has it that he’s a prime contender for the prize. Interestingly, the BBC ran a handy chart of the odds each book has of winning, which I hope had something to do with strapping each novel to a horse at the Belmont Stakes earlier this summer. Below, the longlist, which includes five first novels, two prior winners, and a load of books that share common ties in their largess of scope and the fact that they’re all funny in one way or another. Write on, writers, but remember: THERE CAN BE ONLY ONE.

The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga
Girl in a Blue Dress by Gaynor Arnold
The Secret Scripture by Sebastian Barry
From A to X by John Berger
The Lost Dog by Michelle de Kretser
Sea of Poppies by Amitav Ghosh
The Clothes on Their Backs by Linda Grant
A Case of Exploding Mangoes by Mohammed Hanif
The Northern Clemency by Philip Hensher
Netherland by Joseph O’Neill
The Enchantress of Florence by Salman Rushdie
Child 44 by Tom Rob Smith
A Fraction of the Whole by Steve Toltz

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