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The Hottest Booker Prize Favorite Ever


Bookies for the Booker are laying an unprecidented, (this early) 3/1 odds on David Mitchel's novel, Cloud Atlas to win the prestigious ManBooker Award for 2004,


August 30, 2004
— ...saying that they have been inundated since the book was published.  The final award will be announced October 19th, 2004. 

"At once audacious, dazzling, pretentious and infuriating, Mitchell's third novel weaves history, science, suspense, humor and pathos through six separate but loosely related narratives. Like Mitchell's previous works, Ghostwritten and number9dream (which was shortlisted for the Booker Prize), this latest foray relies on a kaleidoscopic plot structure that showcases the author's stylistic virtuosity. Each of the narratives is set in a different time and place, each is written in a different prose style, each is broken off mid-action and brought to conclusion in the second half of the book." Publishers Weekly on Cloud Atlas 

The Remaining Longlist

Author Title Publisher
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Purple Hibiscus 4th Estate
Nadeem Aslam Maps for Lost Lovers Faber & Faber
Nicola Barker Clear: A Transparent Novel 4th Estate
John Bemrose The Island Walkers John Murray
Ronan Bennett Havoc, in its Third Year Bloomsbury
Susanna Clarke Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell Bloomsbury
Neil Cross Always the Sun Scribner
Achmat Dangor Bitter Fruit Atlantic Books
Louise Dean Becoming Strangers Scribner
Lewis Desoto A Blade of Grass Maia Press
Sarah Hall The Electric Michelangelo Faber & Faber
James Hamilton Paterson Cooking with Fernet Branca Faber & Faber
Justin Haythe The Honeymoon Picador
Shirley Hazzard The Great Fire Virago
Alan Hollinghurst The Line of Beauty Picador
Gail Jones Sixty Lights Harvill Press
David Mitchell Cloud Atlas Sceptre
Sam North The Unnumbered Scribner
Nicholas Shakespeare Snowleg Harvill Press
Matt Thorne Cherry Weidenfeld & Nicolson
Colm Tóibín The Master Picador
Gerard Woodward I'll go to Bed at Noon Chatto & Windus

The shortlist will be announced on 21 September.



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