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The Man Booker Prize 2012 Longlist

In Book Review, Miscellaneous on July 27, 2012 at 8:15 pm

The Man Booker 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 publishers. Make sure that you borrow these books from us. If any of these books are out on loan you can reserve them for free.

This year’s nominees are:

Bring up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel

Bring Up the Bodies Book Cover

The sequel to ‘Wolf Hall’, ‘Bring up the Bodies’ explores one of the most mystifying and frightening episodes in English history: the destruction of Anne Boleyn.

Communion Town by Sam Thompson

Communion town Book Cover

Every city is made of stories: stories that intersect and diverge, stories of the commonplace and the strange, of love and crime, of ghosts and monsters. In this city an asylum seeker struggles to begin a new life, while a folk musician pays with a broken heart for a song and a butcher learns the secrets of the slaughterhouse.

Narcopolis by Jeet Thayil

Narcopolis Book Cover

Set in old Bombay and stretching across three decades, ‘Narcopolis’ portrays a city in collision with itself. With a cast of pimps, pushers, poets, gangsters and eunuchs, it is a journey into a sprawling underworld written in electric and utterly original prose.

 Philida by André Brink

Philida Book Cover

Philida is the mother of four children by Francois Brink, the son of her master. The year is 1832 and the Cape is rife with rumours about the liberation of the slaves. Philida decides to risk her whole life by lodging a complaint against Francois, who has reneged on his promise to set her free

Skios by Michael Frayn

Skios: a novel Book Cover

On the Greek island of Skios, the Fred Toppler Foundation’s annual lecture is to be given by the young and charming Dr Norman Wilfred, an authority on science. The Foundation’s guests are soon eating out of his hand. Meanwhile, in a remote villa at the other end of the island is a balding old gent called Dr Norman Wilfred

Swimming Home by Deborah Levy

Swimming home Book Cover

Swimming Home’ is a subversive page-turner, a merciless gaze at the insidiuos harm that depression can have on apparently stable, well-turned-out people. Set in a summer villa, the story is tautly structured, taking place over a week in which a group of beautiful, flawed tourists in the French Riviera come loose at the seams

 The Teleportation Accident by Ned Beauman

Egon Loeser’s carnal misfortunes will push him from the experimental theatres of Berlin to the absinthe bars of Paris to the physics laboratories of Los Angeles, trying all the while to solve the mystery of whether it was really a deal with Satan that claimed the life of his hero, Adriano Lavicini.

The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce

Unlikely pilgrimage of Harold Fry Book Cover

When Harold Fry nips out one morning to post a letter, leaving his wife hoovering upstairs, he has no idea that he is about to walk from one end of the country to the other. He has no hiking boots or map, let alone a compass, waterproof or mobile phone. All he knows is that he must keep walking. To save someone else’s life

The Yips  by Nicola Barker

Yips Book Cover

2006 is a foreign country; they do things differently there. Tiger Woods’ reputation is entirely untarnished and the English Defence League does not exist yet. Storm-clouds of a different kind are gathering above the bar of Luton’s less than exclusive Thistle Hotel

Umbrella by Will Self

Umbrella Book Cover

A brother is as easily forgotten as an umbrella. James Joyce, Ulysses Recently having abandoned his RD Laing-influenced experiment in running a therapeutic community – the so-called Concept House in Willesden – maverick psychiatrist Zack Busner arrives at Friern Hospital, a vast Victorian mental asylum in North London, under a professional and a marital cloud.

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