Monday, August 13, 2007

Man Booker Dozen Announced

  • Darkmans by Nicloa Barker
  • Self Help by Edward Docx
  • The Gift of Rain by Tan Twan Eng
  • The Gathering by Anne Enright
  • The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid
  • The Welsh Girl by Peter Ho Davies
  • Mister Pip by Lloyd Jones
  • Gifted by Nikita Lalwani
  • On Chesil Beach by Ian McEwan
  • What Was Lost by Catherine O'Flynn
  • Consolation by Michael Redhill
  • Animal's People by Indra Sinha
  • Winnie & Wolf by A.N. Wilson

I must admit that when it comes to this list I haven't read any of them. I've read about a few, On Chesil Beach and The Reluctant Fundamentalist both of which seemed to have a lot of buzz around them when they first came out. The rest... sadly nothing. But I will look into each and every one.

The Man Booker Prize, first established in 1968, is the world's most important literary award. Awarded to only the very best in fiction it has the power to change the fortunes of authors and even publishers. Any full-length novel written by a citizen of the Commonwealth or Republic of Ireland is eligible for the award.

Some of the past winners include:

  • The Ineritance of Loss by Kiran Desai (2006)
  • The Sea by John Banville (2005)
  • The Life of Pi by Yann Martel (2002)
  • The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood (2000)
  • The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy (1997)
  • The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje (1992)

I have two of the above in my to-be-read pile at home right this moment. The Blind Assassin and The God of Small Things which I didn't know were prize winners until I looked at the list on the Booker homepage. I'm looking forward to reading them.

Read more about this years dozen...


minijonb said...

I read an interesting Booker prize winner a few years ago: "Vernon God Little" by DBC Pierre. I'll have to check out this year's list.

minijonb said...

oh, by the way...

It's the "Commonwealth OR the Republic of Ireland" ...and I think that includes all former Commonwealth nations like Canada and India but not the US. Until I marry my Canadian girlfriend, I can't win this award. =:-)

Katie said...
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Katie said...

I saw 'Vernon God Little' on the list but I don't know anything about it. Any good?

And thanks for catching that! I didn't even see! Sometimes I wonder if my mind just takes a vacation while I'm typing... :)

Kimber An said...

I haven't read any of these. Oh, dear.

Katie said...

That's ok. I haven't either. Even if some are in my stack it's hard to say when I will get to them. :)

Kahnee said...

I was wondering about you new porn site.

Cee said...

The only one of these I have read is The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood. I enjoyed it but I love everything I have read by her. Though the only thing I have in my collection is her poetry books. When I was living in Vancouver with a friend she was going to give a lecture at the Writer's Festival but I left town just before it happen or I would have gotten tickets.

Ron Simpson said...

I am glad you got a new blog. That craptastic ass weasel that was harrasing needs to be beat. Where is he, I will do it......

Amazing Gracie said...

Thank goodness! I appreciate you leaving me your new link. I clicked on your old one and found the porn site and thought I'd lost your. From Ron's note, you were having troubles?
I haven't read any of these. My reading is so lite compared to yours. I just finished "All Shall Be Well," Deborah Crombie, and "Daddy's Girl," by Lisa Scottoline.
Hope you're doing okay!
p.s. Miss your photography.

Katie said...

Kahnee, yeah... I thought I would branch out... you know. earn myself some real cash. too bad it didn't work out.

Ron, I know! :) Thanks for stopping by! It's always nice to see a friendly name. :)

Cee, I haven't read that one yet. I'm looking forward to reading it. I didn't know she wrote poetry too.... that's neat.

Gracie, I'm so glad you stopped by. I was getting harrased a bit so I thought the best thing would be to just dump the old blog. I miss my photos too! but I think this is best. :)

and I read lite too!!! nothingman just passed me on a link and I couldn't pass up talking about it. :)were those two books good? I've seen 'Daddy's Girl' but I haven't heard anything about it.

Charlene Martel said...

I read Life of Pi a while back with a book group and I still can't tell you too much what I thought of it. I may have to revisit it.

Like you, I have Blind Assassin on my to be read pile. I bought it a while back and never quite found the right time to read it. I did like Oryx and Crake by the same author though and I have heard lots of good things about Blind Assassin.

Katie said...

Charlene, everyone seems to like Life of Pi really well. I guess I'll read that one too sooner or later.

I've never read anything else by M. Atwood... I hope it is just as good as the things of hers you have read. :)