Well friends, it’s that time of year again. The long list for the 2012 Man Booker Prize is out and here are the books up for consideration. Not only do we have the list here, but we have samples of each of the chosen ones. (courtesy of Galley Cat http://www.mediabistro.com/galleycat/)
For those of you that don’t know, The Man Booker Prize is arguably the most prestigious literary prize in the world for a work of fiction. It’s every fiction writer’s dream. Well, most anyway…While it is one of the world’s richest literary prizes, it’s not the richest by far. However, winning the Man Booker Prize results in huge worldwide sales of the winning novel and most assuredly puts the author on the literary map and some considerable fame.
So without any further ado, here is this year’s long list of 12, pared down from 147 original entries for the 2012 Man Booker Prize:
- Nicola Barker for The Yips
- Ned Beauman for The Teleportation Accident
- Andre Brink for Philida (No sample available online)
- Tan Twan Eng for The Garden of Evening Mists
- Michael Frayn for Skios
- Rachel Joyce for The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry
- Deborah Levy for Swimming Home
- Hilary Mantel for Bring up the Bodies
- Alison Moore for The Lighthouse (PDF link)
- Will Self for Umbrella
- Jeet Thayil for Narcopolis
- Sam Thompson for Communion Town
One writer of note is that Hilary Mantel is once again on the nomination list for her novel Bring Up The Bodies (see above), she is a previous winner of the Man Booker in 2009, for her novel Wolf Hall
So what do you think? I’ve been quiet for a while, so I’d love to hear your thoughts on anyone on the list or the prize in general. It’s easy…just leave a comment.
Looking forward to hearing from you!