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The Booker Prize

Post by roobee » Sun Sep 30, 2007 1:16 am

Everyone should read 'Animal's People' by Indra Sinha and cross fingers it wins the Booker this year. It's a mighty fine read, and I work for the publisher, so my xmas bonus may be riding on the win.

Honest, it's dead good, and not as grim as a thinly disguised representation of the Bhopal tragedy might be. Unsentimental, yes, dark, yes, but also humorous in it's own way. I've got a few copies kicking about if anyone wants me to post out a freebie?

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Post by lynsosaurus » Sun Sep 30, 2007 1:25 am

Ooh, I'd like one please! I'm getting back into reading again for the first time in ages. Must. Read. More.

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Post by roobee » Sun Sep 30, 2007 1:29 am

Let me know your address and I'll get one out in the post. You've got to tell everyone it's great, though - that's the deal.

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Post by nanski » Wed Oct 17, 2007 2:18 am

Anne Enright won the Booker prize! She was most definitely not the favorite.

I've not read the Gathering, but I read her first (?) book, What are you like?
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Re: The Booker Prize

Post by Dan » Sat Sep 06, 2008 12:19 am

So, REVIVE!, because I feel like it. Anyone read any of the books on the longlist or have any strong feeling about controversial omissions or anything at all really?

Thee longlist:

Aravind Adiga The White Tiger
Gaynor Arnold Girl in a Blue Dress
Sebastian Barry The Secret Scripture
John Berger From A to X
Michelle de Kretser The Lost Dog
Amitav Ghosh Sea of Poppies
Linda Grant The Clothes on Their Backs
Mohammed Hanif A Case of Exploding Mangoes
Philip Hensher The Northern Clemency
Joseph O'Neill Netherland
Salman Rushdie The Enchantress of Florence
Tom Rob Smith Child 44
Steve Toltz A Fraction of the Whole

I am curious about John Berger's novel - I love his non-fiction writing but haven't much dabbled in his fiction - and 'The Northern Clemency' solely because it is set round my endz.

More importantly - are FREE BOOKS still available in return for word-of-mouth marketing?

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Re: The Booker Prize

Post by Martijn » Tue Sep 09, 2008 9:05 am

I'm reading Netherland right now, while The Lost Dog is lying around here somewhere too. Haven't read any of the others; I'm happy to hear of any recommendations.

The Guardian had a long piece on the past Booker jurys on Saturday, with one judge from each year telling a short anecdote. It sounded more interesting in theory than it was in practise. Of the past winners --are we supposed to discuss them here too-- I've read five. Two are among my favourite books ever (Disgrace and The Remains of the Day), two others I thought were quite good too (Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha and The Gathering, although the latter was a bit too depressing perhaps) and one was just boring (The Sea).

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Re: The Booker Prize

Post by roobee » Tue Sep 09, 2008 12:44 pm

Shortlist has just been announced -

The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga (Atlantic)
The Secret Scripture by Sebastian Barry (Faber)
Sea of Poppies by Amitav Ghosh (John Murray)
The Clothes on Their Backs by Linda Grant (Virago)
The Northern Clemency by Philip Hensher (Fourth Estate)
A Fraction of the Whole by Steve Toltz (Hamish Hamilton)

No Rushdie, which is a bit of a surprise.

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Re: The Booker Prize

Post by crystalball » Tue Sep 09, 2008 2:22 pm

And no Netherland! Those books had better be good.

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Re: The Booker Prize

Post by Liv » Tue Sep 09, 2008 11:56 pm

trickster wrote: No Rushdie, which is a bit of a surprise.
Bet that went down well in the Rushdie house this morning. Poor little Salman.
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Re: The Booker Prize

Post by 13strongmonsters » Wed Sep 10, 2008 2:22 pm

Ha. I'm kind of glad he's not on the list. Just cos I don't like him. He is the definition of a pompous braggard.

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Re: The Booker Prize

Post by Liv » Wed Sep 10, 2008 8:40 pm

He is kind of unintentionally hilarious, isn't he? I'm all for self-esteem, but there's liking yourself and then there's hilariously over-estimating your own appeal.
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Re: The Booker Prize

Post by JohaN » Tue Sep 16, 2008 2:00 pm

crystalball wrote:And no Netherland! Those books had better be good.
i was just coming here to say that! it's an astonishing book - if all 6 the shortlisted ones are better, then it's the strongest list they've had for MANY a year... that said, i've heard people absolutely raving about the steve toltz too...
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Re: The Booker Prize

Post by Martijn » Sat Aug 01, 2009 3:21 pm

I just stumbled upon the 2009 longlist, after I discovered that Coetzee has written a new book, which made it to that list. I haven't read any of the longlisted books, but intend to read something by A.S. Byatt one day. And I've read a Toibin book, which was okay but a bit longwinded.

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Re: The Booker Prize

Post by Damian » Sat Aug 01, 2009 3:31 pm

Ah, William Trevor is on there (again)! Fantastic, I didn't know he had a new book.

William Trevor is really interesting, I think's been nominated a good few times (5!)for the booker and never won. He's one of the best living Irish authors and yet there's still a lot of people I know who are avid readers and have never heard of him. It's quite sad.

That list is interesting, there's a few authors on it, I've heard of but never read. It'll help my reading list for the nest few months

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Re: The Booker Prize

Post by Martijn » Sat Aug 01, 2009 6:37 pm

Damian wrote:William Trevor is really interesting, I think's been nominated a good few times (5!)for the booker and never won. He's one of the best living Irish authors and yet there's still a lot of people I know who are avid readers and have never heard of him. It's quite sad.
Well, I had hardly heard of him and consider myself an avid reader. Why should I read any of his books? (And which one?)

Coetzee's new book, apparently is the third of his fictionalised autobiographies; this time written as the story of a young writer who attempts to write a biography of the late Coetzee. Now I really can't wait to read the book!

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Re: The Booker Prize

Post by squirrelboutique » Sat Aug 01, 2009 6:44 pm

I have a book of that Trevor's short stories, and I'm not particularly fond of them. I think though that it's because the particular book is all about people being unfaithful in relationships and even though I don't mind gloomy things, I found them really depressing

I think though, that despite all the talk I'd heard of how his writing was Chekovian and Joycian, I felt like Trevor was trying very hard to write like those authors, I found the stories to be average at best.

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Re: The Booker Prize

Post by Martijn » Wed Sep 09, 2009 9:24 am

I've come across William Trevor at several places recently; what I read did make me want to read something by him.

He didn't make it to the shortlist though.

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