The judges for the 2010 Man Booker Prize for Fiction have announced their longlist:
Peter Carey – Parrot and Olivier in America
Emma Donoghue – Room
Helen Dunmore – The Betrayal
Damon Galgut – In a Strange Room
Howard Jacobson – The Finkler Question
Andrea Levy – The Long Song
Tom McCarthy – C
David Mitchell – The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet
Lisa Moore – February
Paul Murray – Skippy Dies
Rose Tremain – Trespass
Christos Tsiolkas – The Slap
Alan Warner – The Stars in the Bright Sky
There are no knock-down blockbusters like last year’s winner, Wolf Hall, but I’m hearing a lot of love already for Andrea Levy, Tom McCarthy and David Mitchell. Peter Carey has won the Man Booker twice before, and Christos Tsiolkas’ The Slap won the 2009 Commonwealth Prize. The 13 novels, also known as a “Man Booker Dozen,” were picked from an original field of 138; the shortlist will be announced on September 7.
As books under consideration must have been published in the UK between October 1, 2009 and September 30, 2010, not all are available on this side of the pond yet. I have The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet toward the top of the towering stack on my desk, and I’ve been looking forward to getting my hands on Emma Donoghue’s Room since hearing her speak at BEA last spring. And since the winner won’t be announced until October 12 that gives me plenty of time to catch up, and plenty of time for some dark horses to come from behind.