In which I set myself a Booker-related challenge…

So amid the daily Twitter traffic there was a special buzz in the air…admittedly, my stream was biased due to the number of people who work within publishing, writers, agents and other interested parties that I follow. The Man Booker longlist was due to be released and there was interest a-plenty.

There was speculation on pretty much every aspect of the list, from who would be included to what time it would be announced. In the end, it was about 4.30pm, by my reckoning.

So here is the list:

Peter Carey Parrot and Olivier in America (Faber and Faber)

Emma Donoghue Room (Pan MacMillan—Picador)

Helen Dunmore The Betrayal (Penguin—Fig Tree)

Damon Galgut In a Strange Room (Grove Atlantic—Atlantic Books)

Howard Jacobson The Finkler Question (Bloomsbury)

Andrea Levy The Long Song (Headline Publishing Group—Headline Review)

Tom McCarthy C (Random House—Jonathan Cape)

David Mitchell The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet (Hodder & Stoughton—Sceptre)

Lisa Moore February (Random House—Chatto & Windus)

Paul Murray Skippy Dies (Penguin—Hamish Hamilton)

Rose Tremain Trespass (Random House—Chatto & Windus)

Christos Tsiolkas The Slap (Grove Atlantic—Tuskar Rock)

Alan Warner The Stars in the Bright Sky (Random House­­­­­­­­­—Jonathan Cape)

I don’t really know how I feel about this list at the moment. I am, therefore, contemplating working through the longlist before the winner is announced on Tuesday, October 12. I already have Alan Warner’s book…so I shall start with that and see how I go.

It might also provide the kick up the arse that I need to get back into my reading groove…since I’ve been in my “grown-up” (ahahahaaa) job I have found that my rate of reading has decreased dramatically. My rate of buying has, of course, stayed the same. I am an eejit—but then we all knew this to be true!

So my mission, to read and review all the books in the Booker longlist. That way I can, for once, make an informed decision about whether the eventual winner deserved it (subjectivity be damned!). Now to decide whether I should read them alphabetically…although actually, considering the fact that I have the Warner book I will just go in reverse alphabetical order…well, that wasn’t a difficult decision!

Insert Snow White’s dwarfs “Heigh Ho” song here…off to work I go!

P.S. If anyone wants to join me in the Big Booker Challenge, you’re more than welcome!

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3 Comments on “In which I set myself a Booker-related challenge…”

  1. Count me in – what order will you read them in?

  2. Muddled says:

    I’m going in reverse alphabetical order, based on author’s surnames…or, from the bottom of the list above to the top! Mainly because I have the Warner book…Which way are you going to start?

  3. I’ll order the Warner book too – but since they don’t seem to have it at my end of the world, I’ll need to wait for the post. You’ll have a head start on me.


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