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Booker Prize Long List Announcement: Get One, Get'em All

abstract:Now in its thirty-ninth year, the Man Booker aims to reward the best novel of the year written by a citizen of the Commonwealth or the Republic of Ireland. It has the power to transform the fortunes of authors and even publishers; last year's winner Kiran Desai has traveled the world since winning in 2006. The 2007 longlist of thirteen books -- the Man Booker's 'Baker's Dozen' -- was chosen from 110 entries; 92 were submitted for the prize and 18 were called in by the judges. Browse the list (below), click on book titles to purchase; challenge yourself to read as many as you can. Each book is a gem crafted this year by authors from around the world. See list below... -photo credit ManBooker


August 18, 2007
— The longlist is as follows: (Links for books go to the UK if not available in North America)

Darkmans by Nicola Barker (Fourth Estate) An old-fashioned story about love and jealousy, this book is considered the best challenge to McEwan. The author, Nicola Barker, lives in East London. She was longlisted for the Booker in 2004 and was voted one of Granta's "best young authors to watch."

Self Help by Edward Docx (Picador) Siblings who are also twins live their 30-something lives respectively in London and New York when they are suddenly called back to their Russian family roots because of a life-threatening illness. They must come to terms with cruelties of the past in order to move on in their adult lives. Edward is a journalist with a previous novel. He lives in London.

The Gift of Rain by Tan Twan Eng (Myrmidon) Tan Twan Eng was born in Penang, but lived in various places in Malaysia as a child. He studied law through the University of London, and later worked as an advocate and solicitor in Kuala Lumpur. This novel has a half-Chinese, British protagonist who becomes sensei to a Japanese diplomat. When the invasion occurs he risks everything to secretly save lives. The author lives in Cape Town, SA, and is writing his next book.

The Gathering by Anne Enright (Jonathan Cape) Three generations of love and hurt, sex and secrets is the topic of Anne's family epic. The Dublin writer is also a successful TV producer and director in Ireland.

The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid (Hamish Hamilton) Like this story's protagonist, the author left Pakistan to study abroad in the US at Princeton University. Post 9-11 paranoia is making his life difficult and he begins to resent the country where he has tried to make his home. Mohsin is a journalist for TIME, New York Times, Guardian, Independent, and New Statesman.

The Welsh Girl by Peter Ho Davies (Sceptre) Following two widely praised short-story collections, Equal Love and The Ugliest House in the World, Peter Ho Davies's first novel, The Welsh Girl, deserves to be equally well received. It carefully examines two great themes, dislocation and cowardice, through the stories of a WWII POW camp, built by the British and populated by Germans in the remote mountains of northern Wales, and Esther, the 17-year-old Welsh girl at the heart of the story.

Mister Pip by Lloyd Jones (John Murray) This novel is narrated by a black girl named Matilda who is reflecting on her time growing up in an island's small village on the fringes of war-torn Papua New Guinea. Mr. Watts, the only white man in the village, with no formal teaching skills, spends the majority of class time reading aloud to them from the novel Great Expectations. When a gruesome war breaks out, the thing which is shown to survive, beyond all the villagers' physical possessions, is their imagination and memory. This is what makes Mister Pip a truly universal tale accessible to anyone. This is the first of Jones's books to become available from his native New Zealand.

Gifted: A Novel by Nikita Lalwani (Viking) Fourteen-year-old Rumika Vasi struggles to fulfill her mathematical gifts and her family's demands on them, while also finding friendship and romance. Rumi, labeled gifted in kindergarten, becomes subject to the grim home teaching of her father, Mahesh, a professor of mathematics at the University of Swansea in Wales. The goal: to be accepted to Oxford by age 14.

On Chesil Beach: A Novel by Ian McEwan (Jonathan Cape)

What Was Lost by Catherine O'Flynn (Tindal Street)

Consolation by Michael Redhill (William Heinemann)

Animal's People by Indra Sinha (Simon & Schuster)

Winnie & Wolf by A.N. Wilson (Hutchinson)



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