Friday, September 7, 2007

The Booker Short List has arrived

The Booker judges announced in London yesterday that they have laid another egg, and have come to a decision on the shortlist.

The six short-listed books are:

  • Darkmans by Nicola Barker
  • The Gathering by Anne Enright
  • The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid
  • Mister Pip by Lloyd Jones
  • On Chesil Beach by Ian McEwan
  • Animal's People by Indra Sinha
And for those who did not see the Chair's blog entry after the announcement of the long list, you don't want to miss this metaphor:

The atmosphere in the judging room was somewhere between a book club and a maternity ward. What could be more agreeable than a freeform discussion of 110 novels, when you know that everyone else in the room has read them all and - even better - is obliged to display at least a polite interest in your exciting views? The only fly in the conversational ointment is that you are under the cosh to deliver 13 favourites at the end of it all.

Around five o'clock we gave birth, with Ion Trewin as an unlikely bearded midwife.

1 comment:

Lotus Reads said...

I don't suppose I was the only one surprised at some of the picks? According to an article I was reading, Indra Sinha's "Animal's People" had sold only 231 copies in Britain by mid-August, "Darkmans" by Nicola Barker didn't even make the 500 mark. Even now I am having difficulty procuring a copy of "Animal's People" from my online book store here in Canada...I don't suppose too many people in the industry were prepared to see this book make the list!