Tuesday Coffee Talk, August 7th
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Booker Prize Longlist 2007

The longlist for the UK's Man Booker Prize for Fiction was announced. Read more about it at the Booker site and BBC News.

Who has read any of these? What did you think?

The books and their publishers are

  • Darkmans by Nicola Barker (4th Estate)
  • Self Help by Edward Docx (Picador)
  • The Gift Of Rain by Tan Twan Eng (Myrmidon)
  • The Gathering by Anne Enright (Jonathan Cape)
  • The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid (Hamish Hamilton)
  • The Welsh Girl by Peter Ho Davies (Sceptre)
  • Mister Pip by Lloyd Jones (John Murray)
  • Gifted by Nikita Lalwani (Viking)
  • On Chesil Beach by Ian McEwan (Jonathan Cape)
  • What Was Lost by Catherine O’Flynn (Tindal Street)
  • Consolation by Michael Redhill (William Heinemann)
  • Animal’s People by Indra Sinha (Simon & Schuster)
  • Winnie & Wolf by A.N.Wilson (Hutchinson)


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Ooh, heavens, I haven't read any of them. I better get cracking.

Me either, Eisha. I loved last year's Booker winner--The Inheritance of Loss.

The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid was interesting, and thought-provoking. More of a allegorical novella than a novel (as we think of it.)

Gifted by Nikita Lalwani is a crossover title, I think. I've ordered it and hope to read it soon.

Animal’s People by Indra Sinha is next on my list.

I just requested Gifted at the library, Pooja. I was happy to see that it's on order.

Oh my. None of those are familiar to me. Yikes. Gotta read more adult fiction.

Hi Susan:

I really want to read "Gifted" and was hoping it was on audio. But, no. So, it's going on my list.

Other than that, I've read two: The Welsh Girl and On Chesil Beach. I'm one of those people who reads a Ian McEwan on the day it comes out. He and Kate Atkinson are two writers I always preorder their much too infrequent books. The Welsh Girl is certainly worthy! I think On Chesil Beach is too much a novella and not really groundbreaking enough--though beautiful--to take the prize, despite what prognosticators are saying. Many are saying McEwan will win only because he's the only author they know :)

Hey, Jules. I'd only vaguely heard of most of these, too.

Kelly, the only McEwan I've ever read is Black Dogs. Which of his novels is your favorite? That might be a good starting place to read more.

Our library has Lloyd Jones' Mister Pip, but I feel like I ought to read The Old Curiosity Shop first.

Hi Susan: My absolute favorite McEwan is "Enduring Love." I think it's a perfect nove in terms of form. I also love "Atonement" and "The Child in Time." "Black Dogs" is NOT one of my favorites, so, please, keep reading!

The Welsh Girl is supposed to be quite good, but I'm embarrassed to say, that's the only one I even know anything about!

I didn't like Black Dogs much and that put me off McEwan. We have Atonement around here somewhere. I'll start with that or Enduring Love. Thanks for the suggestions.

A. Fortis, I've heard of The Welsh Girl, too. I think somebody online wrote about it recently, but I'll be danged if I can remember where.

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