Man Booker Prize announced

In Miscellaneous on July 27, 2011 at 11:47 am

Judges for the Man Booker Prize have announced the authors lucky enough to reach the longlist. The prize promotes the finest in fiction by rewarding the very best book of the year. The prize is the world’s most important literary award and has the power to transform the fortunes of authors and even publishers. The Man Booker Dozen includes:

Julian Barnes The Sense of an Ending

Tony Webster and his clique first met Adrian Finn at school. Sex-hungry and book-hungry, they would navigate the girl-less sixth form together, trading in affectations, in-jokes, rumor and wit. They all swore to stay friends for life. Now Tony is in middle age and he is finding that memory is imperfect.
Sebastian Barry On Canaan’s Side

Narrated by Lilly Bere, ‘On Canaan’s Side’ opens as she mourns the loss of her grandson, Bill. The story then goes back to the moment she was forced to flee Sligo, at the end of the First World War, and follows her life through into the new world of America, a world filled with hope and danger.

Carol Birch Jamrach’s Menagerie (Canongate Books)

Jaffy Brown is running through the London backstreets when he comes face to face with an escaped circus animal. His life is transformed by the encounter. Plucked from the jaws of death by Mr Jamrach, the two strike up a friendship. Before he knows it, Jaffy finds himself on board a ship bound for the South Seas.

Patrick deWitt The Sisters Brothers (Granta)

Esi Edugyan Half Blood Blues (Serpent’s Tail – Profile)

Esi Edugyan’s atmospheric novel weaves the horror of betrayal, the burden of loyalty and the possibility that, if you don’t tell your own story, someone else might tell it for you. And they just might tell it wrong

Yvvette Edwards A Cupboard Full of Coats (Oneworld)

It’s been fourteen years since Jinx’s mother was brutally stabbed to death in their home in East London. Fourteen years for Jinx to become accustomed to the huge weight of guilt and anger that has destroyed her life. Fourteen years to nurture an impossible shame.

Alan Hollinghurst The Stranger’s Child (Picador – Pan Macmillan)

In the late summer of 1913 the aristocratic young poet Cecil Valance comes to stay at ‘Two Acres’, the home of his close Cambridge friend George Sawle. The weekend will be one of excitements and confusions for all the Sawles, but it is on George’s 16-year-old sister Daphne that it will have the most lasting impact.

Stephen Kelman Pigeon English (Bloomsbury)

With equal fascination for the local gang – the Dell Farm Crew – and the pigeon who visits his balcony, 11-year-old Harri absorbs the many strange elements of his new life in England. But when a boy is knifed to death and a police appeal for witnesses draws only silence, Harri decides to start a murder investigation of his own.

Patrick McGuinness The Last Hundred Days (Seren Books)

A.D. Miller Snowdrops (Atlantic)

Snowdrops’ is a chilling story of love and moral freefall – of the corruption, by a corrupt society, of a corruptible young man. It is taut, intense and has a momentum as irresistible to the reader as the moral danger that first enchants, then threatens to overwhelm, its narrator.

Alison Pick Far to Go (Headline Review)

Pavel and Anneliese Bauer are affluent, secular Jews, whose lives are turned upside down by the arrival of the German forces in Czechoslovakia. The Bauers flee to Prague with their 6-year-old son, Pepik, and his beloved nanny, Marta. When the family try to flee without her to Paris, Marta betrays them to her Nazi boyfriend.

Jane Rogers The Testament of Jessie Lamb (Sandstone Press)

D.J. Taylor Derby Day (Chatto & Windus – Random House)

In the heat of June, all England seems to head for Epsom downs. For months before, people have been waiting and plotting for this day. Everywhere money jingles and plans are laid. As the months pass the pace quickens and dastardly deeds are done, foxing even the stalwart police detective Captain MacTurk.

Who do you think will win? You can borrow the books on the longlist from any Brent Library


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