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the longlist is

 

  • Belinda Bauer (UK) Snap (Bantam Press)
  • Anna Burns (UK) Milkman (Faber & Faber)
  • Nick Drnaso (USA) Sabrina (Granta Books)
  • Esi Edugyan (Canada) Washington Black (Serpent's Tail)
  • Guy Gunaratne (UK) In Our Mad And Furious City (Tinder Press)
  • Daisy Johnson (UK) Everything Under (Jonathan Cape)
  • Rachel Kushner (USA) The Mars Room (Jonathan Cape)
  • Sophie Mackintosh (UK) The Water Cure (Hamish Hamilton)
  • Michael Ondaatje (Canada) Warlight (Jonathan Cape)
  • Richard Powers (USA) The Overstory (Willian Heinemann)
  • Robin Robertson (UK) The Long Take (Picador)
  • Sally Rooney (Ireland) Normal People (Faber & Faber)
  • Donal Ryan (Ireland) From A Low And Quiet Sea (Doubleday Ireland)

 

 

i have to admit that I haven't read any of them

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the shortlist

 

Anna Burns (UK) -  Milkman (Faber & Faber)

Esi Edugyan (Canada)  - Washington Black (Serpent’s Tail)

Daisy Johnson (UK)   -   Everything Under (Jonathan Cape)

Rachel Kushner (USA) -  The Mars Room (Jonathan Cape)

Richard Powers (USA) - ;The Overstory (William Heinemann)

Robin Robertson (UK)  - The Long Take (Picador)

 

still have not read any, though the links goes to BGO reviews of them :)

 

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this was posted on the facebook page but i think well worth posting here too

 

https://amp.theguardian.com/books/2018/oct/07/has-the-booker-prize-lost-its-mojo?CMP=twt_books_b-gdnbooks&__twitter_impression=true

 

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Julian Barnes, another former winner, described the decision as “daft”, pointing out that three of the six shortlisted writers in 2017 were American. Had one of these elbowed out, say, a fine Zimbabwean novel?

 

it something i kind of feel in it.

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On 07/10/2018 at 11:49, iff said:

this was posted on the facebook page but i think well worth posting here too

 

https://amp.theguardian.com/books/2018/oct/07/has-the-booker-prize-lost-its-mojo?CMP=twt_books_b-gdnbooks&__twitter_impression=true

 

 

it something i kind of feel in it.

 

I read a long article  about the Man Booker losing its shine.  Some in the publishing business in the UK are hoping that Man ďecide to pull out of the spomsorship soon.  I used to make a note of shortlisted novels but have given up lately.

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I have followed the Booker for a good few years now - I think this was the 15th year I have read a substantial portion of the list (all of them this year) and every year people will pop up and complain that the prize is losing its lustre and ignoring the big names. But some of those "weak" lists are now held up as exemplars of the golden age we all hark back to. I remember Hilary Mantel being one of the outsiders who had kept out the real talent. I remember when Ali Smith was a leftfield choice and when people thought Life of Pi was lightweight. But last year's outsiders become this year's establishment. 

 

By the bye, having read all of this year's longlist I think it is one of the strongest and most engaging lists I can remember. I love Milkman and it is good enough to become a classic. The Overstory is long, but rich, complex and twisty. Everything Under is both clever and gripping. The other shortlisters could also be worthy winners except, perhaps, The Mars Room. 

 

Long live the Booker!

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I think the article was saying that the Americans have many literary awards to which the rest of the world have not been invited and the Booker was for the UK and Commonwealth. It did give a chance to many African, Indian, Caribbean and Australasian authors that normally wouldn't get a chance on the world stage. Julian Barnes does have a point.

I do see Mr HGs point that does it really matter if the quality of the books are good? Must admit I'm on the fence on this one but would like Booker to stay relevant and an award that brings new authors and great books to everyone.

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