Friday, July 30, 2010

Man Booker Prize Longlist Posted

The Man Booker Prize Longlist was posted this week and there are some fantastic contenders for this amazing prize (I believe the winner receives over $75 000 Canadian and a lot of exposure).  One Canadian author has made the longlist this year, with the shortlist to be announced September 7 and the winner to be declared on October 12.

Here are the books named to the longlist:

February by Lisa Moore

This historical novel, by Newfoundland author Lisa Moore, explores the 1982 Ocean Ranger disaster.

Room by Emma Donogue

Another Canadian connection, this Irish-born author who now makes her home in Canada, explores the world of five-year-old Jack and his mother who live in a 12 x 12 foot 'room' which has a locked door and a skylight.

Parrot and Olivier in America by Peter Carey

Olivier - an improvisation on the life of Alexis de Tocqueville - is the traumatized child of aristocratic survivors of the French Revolution.  Parrot is the motherless son of an intinerant English engraver.  They are born on different sides of history, but their lives will be joined together by an enigmatic one-armed marquis.

The two-time Booker prize-winning author explores the adventure of American democracy in a superb story.

I can't wait to read this one!!

The Betrayal by Helen Dunmore
In a Strange Room by Damon Galgut

The Finkler Question by Howard Jacobson
Skippy Dies by Paul Murray
The Slap by Christos Tsiolkas

Trespass by Rose Tremain
The Long Song by Andrea Levy

C by Tom McCarthy