The 2011 Man Booker Prize for Fiction longlist came out last week. Just like every other year, this year’s longlist has also surprised, elated and disappointed many :) Heavy discussions will now ensue on the books that have missed the list and on those who made it.
In India the Booker Prize has become much well known after several of our authors brought the prestigious prize home. Aravind Adiga won it in 2008, and before him Kiran Desai (2006), Arundhati Roy (1997), and Salman Rushdie (1981) had won it.
This year’s longlist has quite a few debuts alongside veteran writers; also large publishing houses are slated alongside smaller ones. I like that the Booker, many times, brings to notice those books which you might miss otherwise, but which are meritorious nonetheless.
This year’s list does look quite sumptuous, and I hope to dig into it, reading at least a few before the shortlist is announced on 6 September. The winner is going to be named on 18 October. You can find more details on the Man Booker site.
- The Sense of an Ending - Julian Barnes [My review]
- On Canaan's Side - Sebastian Barry
- Jamrach's Menagerie - Carol Birch [My review]
- The Sisters Brothers - Patrick deWitt
- Half Blood Blues - Esi Edugyan
- A Cupboard Full of Coats - Yvvette Edwards
- The Stranger's Child - Alan Hollinghurst
- Pigeon English - Stephen Kelman
- The Last Hundred Days - Patrick McGuinness
- Snowdrops - A.D. Miller
- Far to Go - Alison Pick
- The Testament of Jessie Lamb - Jane Rogers
- Derby Day - D.J. Taylor