The Booker Longlist

I’m a bit late … it was announced on 29 July, here, but here they are:

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

My excuse for lateness is that I’ve been here:

and saw him:

by David Cerny in front of his

museum. (Although this statue of him isn’t in front of his museum, it’s in the Jewish quarter where he lived.)

And then we saw Mucha’s glorious stained glass window:here.

However, back to the Booker point, and I find myself, like Simon at Stuck in a Book, not having read a single longlisted title. But I love the sound of Girl in a Blue Dress – particularly because it was published by Tindal Street Press, a small press, although I’ve just discovered that it’s not published until 14 August, and I’ve heard Sebastian Barry’s The Secret Scripture not only tipped to win, but highly praised.

And John Berger, if my memory isn’t fooling me, gave at least half his 1972 Booker Prize winnings, for G, to the Black Panthers in protest at the Booker’s sugar-trade funding. (The latest Berger I’ve read is Here is Where We Meet, which is quite wonderful. It is, at least in part – and again if my memory isn’t deserting me – a fictional encounter with his dead mother who is, beautifully and heartbreakingly, more alive than he is and so teaches him how to live.)

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2 Responses to The Booker Longlist

  1. Karen says:

    Very good-sounding lateness reason!
    Of the longlist I’ve read only Child 44 which, though an excellent book, is far from typical Booker material.

  2. StuckInABook says:

    I must confess, Girl in a Blue Dress is the only one which even slightly appeals… but not enough for me to buy it!