And so it begins
The Book long list came out yesterday. An important list as this year is the first when the doors were thrown open to the American’s too. How many would make the cut? Would Donna Tartt’s – Goldfinch be one of them? Would perennial favourites and/or ex winners such as Self and McEwan, Smith, Jacobsen or Waters be listed again?
Wonder no more.
The Booker longlist
Joshua Ferris (US) – To Rise Again at a Decent Hour
Richard Flanagan (Australia) – The Narrow Road to the Deep North
Karen Joy Fowler (US) – We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves
Siri Hustvedt (US) – The Blazing World
Howard Jacobson (Britain) – J
Paul Kingsnorth (Britain) – The Wake
David Mitchell (Britain) – The Bone Clocks
Neel Mukherjee (Britain) – The Lives of Others
David Nicholls (Britain) – Us
Joseph O’Neill (Ireland) – The Dog
Richard Powers (US) – Orfeo
Ali Smith (Britain) – How to Be Both
Niall Williams (Ireland) – History of the Rain
The Americans are coming … ??
It turns out that they accounted for just a third of the list: Ferris, Fowler, Power and Hustvedt
At first glance, an interesting list, though one I have not yet read any off. Diving in at the deep end I have decided to start with Paul Kingsnorth’s – The Wake. Set in the 11th century, the author has decided to write it in an invented blend of Old English. A nice easy read then. It is also a booker first in that it was crowd-funded. (via Unbound website)
Let the fun begin.