Wednesday, September 09, 2009

Byatt, Coetzee, Foulds, Mantel, Mawer & Waters shortlisted for the 2009 Man Booker Prize for Fiction

1. The Children’s Book (Chatto & Windus/Random House, 2009) / A.S. Byatt
2. Summertime (Harvill Secker/Random House, 2009) / J.M. Coetzee
3. The Quickening Maze (Jonathan Cape/Random House, 2009) / Adam Foulds
4. Wolf Hall (Fourth Estate/HarperCollins, 2009) / Hilary Mantel
5. The Glass Room (Little, Brown, 2009) / Simon Mawer
6. The Little Stranger (Virago/Little, Brown, 2009) / Sarah Waters

The winner of the 2009 Man Booker Prize for Fiction will be announced on October 6, 2009


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Quite a strong shortlist. My money's on Hilary Mantel and Simon Mawer.

Tuesday, September 08, 2009 4:37:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

God forbid dull boring JM Coetzee gets another Booker...

Tuesday, September 08, 2009 4:52:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It may be strong, but I think it's a rather dull shortlist!

Tuesday, September 08, 2009 4:59:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What happened to Colm Toibin and William Trevor?

Tuesday, September 08, 2009 5:04:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sarah Waters's The Little Stranger is good, but it is not as good as her last book, The Night Watch. A.S. Byatt's The Children's Book is rather heavygoing, though you can't fault its narrative drive and compelling characters. I am not sure whether J.M. Coetzee's Summertime is good enough to win the author his third Booker Prize, though I have heard that it is better than Diary of a Bad Year. I think Simon Mawer is good but The Glass Room lacks promotion and recognition. Hilary Mantel is very good. I am not too sure about Adam Foulds's The Quickening Maze, but I think he has the makings of a great writer.

Tuesday, September 08, 2009 5:52:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for your wishes, Eric!

Thursday, September 10, 2009 4:27:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I thought Colm Tóibín's Brooklyn, Sarah Hall's How to Paint a Dead Man and William Trevor's Love and Summer deserved a place on the shortlist.

Saturday, September 12, 2009 6:03:00 PM  

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