Tuesday, August 07, 2007

The lucky 13 - The Man Booker Prize 2007 long list

The Man Booker PRize 2007 logo

If you’re feeling bookish, you’ll be glad that the 110 entries for The 2007 Man Booker Prize have been whittled down to a long list of 13.

Unlucky for some. (97 to be precise!)

This two foot high pile of books will be further truncated to the official shortlist on 6 September, with the winner announced six weeks later on Tuesday 16 October in London’s Guildhall.

1 comment:

John Self said...

I'm doing a 'Bookerthon' with fellow book blogger dovegreyreader, attempting to read all the longlisted books before the shortlist is announced on 6 September. See my blog sidebar for details.

Turns out I've already read five of them, which is a relief, and have managed to wangle freebies of five of the other eight from publishers, so outlay will be minimal in money terms at least. In time terms it will be somewhat greater, particularly as there are a handful of 400-500-pagers on the longlist, and one that clocks in at 838!

My choice for the prize from those I've read so far would be Peter Ho Davies's The Welsh Girl or Lloyd Jones's Mister Pip. The latter, if it won, I think would go on to become a huge bestseller like Life of Pi did in 2002. It's accessible and colourful but with serious points at heart.