Friday, May 16, 2008

Amitav GHOSH ... Sea of Poppies (John Murray, 2008)

BESIDES Sebastian Barry’s The Secret Scripture (Faber and Faber, May 2008), David Park’s The Truth Commissioner (Bloomsbury, February 2008), John Burnside’s Glister (Jonathan Cape, May 2008), Tim Winton’s Breath (Picador, May 2008), John Harwood’s The Seance (Jonathan Cape, April 2008) and Linda Grant’s The Clothes on Their Backs (Virago, February 2008), the next novel I am really looking forward to reading is Amitav Ghosh’s Sea of Poppies (John Murray, May 2008). From what little I have managed to read, these books stand a very good chance to be on the Man Booker Prize longlist and shortlist this year. Who else do you think should be on the longlist and shortlist this year?

1. The Secret Scripture (Faber and Faber, 2008) / Sebastian Barry
2. Glister (Jonathan Cape, 2008) / John Burnside
3. Sea of Poppies (John Murray, 2008) / Amitav Ghosh
4. The Clothes on Their Backs (Virago, 2008) / Linda Grant
5. The Seance (Jonathan Cape, 2008) / John Harwood
6. The Northern Clemency (Fourth Estate, 2008) / Philip Hensher
7. The Lost Dog (Chatto & Windus, 2008) / Michelle de Kretser
8. Netherland (Fourth Estate/Pantheon, 2008) / Joseph O’Neill
9. The Truth Commissioner (Bloomsbury, 2008) / David Park
10. Breath (Picador, 2008) / Tim Winton

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