man booker 2010 longlist my feelings

To be truthful I m reading less and less modern british fiction these days so my thumb is a bit of the pulse but have a few ideas and here they are have read a couple and have a couple on tbr pile .so here are my views  on who may be on the longlist tomorrow .Well see what Andrew Motion and his fellow judges pick

Iain McEwan – Solar  .

David Mitchell  -The thousand autumns of Jacob DE Zoet

Peter Carey – Parrot and Olivier in America

Christoph Tsiolkas  – the slap

Peter Temple – truth

Andrea Levy – long song

Mike Thomas – pocket notebook

Damon Galgut – In a strange room

Mick Jackson – widows tales

Martin Amis – the pregnant widow

Jaspreet Singh – chef

Neel Mukherjee – A life apart

Tom McCarthy – c

Jon McGregor – Even the dogs

Johanna Moran – the wives of Henry Oakes

Jonathan Coe -the terrible privacy of Maxwell sim

There they are I ve read 2 and have the three in my t.b.r pile ,

there are other choices here at

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18 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Jackie (Farm Lane Books)
    Jul 26, 2010 @ 16:07:14

    Interesting list. I loved The Pocket Notebook, but think it is fantastic fiction rather than having the literary elements needed for the Booker. It would be great to see it there though 🙂

    I haven’t heard anything about In a Strange Room, but Galgut has been nominated before so its inclusion wouldn’t surprise me.

    I haven’t heard of Tom McCarthy or Johanna Moran *heads off to look them up*

    The rest of your list is very plausible. It could easily happen – I’m really looking forward to the big reveal!


    • winstonsdad
      Jul 26, 2010 @ 16:10:16

      I m maybe dreaming with pocket notebook but burgess elements I think would appeal to motion ,always a few suprises on the list ,all the best stu


  2. amymckie
    Jul 26, 2010 @ 16:23:37

    I love how you guys are willing to try to predict. I don’t read nearly enough to be able to do that! Impressive! 😀


  3. Lynne
    Jul 26, 2010 @ 16:43:42

    Over in the States, the buzz when they were published was about the Mitchell, Carey and McEwan. I would be very surprised if SOLAR made even the longlist after winning the humor prize. Carey has already won twice, right? So maybe Mitchell is a front runner.

    There was more press here about the Hitchens memoir instead of the Amis novel. I was under the impression Amis hasn’t been taken seriously for years, although I did get THE PREGNANT WIDOW to see how good it was on its own merits. Haven’t opened it yet though.


    • winstonsdad
      Jul 26, 2010 @ 16:47:41

      Yes feeling is it will be Mitchells year this year ,I the new amis yet to read it ,just feel motion and sutcliffe from judges are his genaration and will put it on due to that ,all the best stu


  4. Anne Cater
    Jul 26, 2010 @ 16:54:43

    I always get a bit excited by the longlist – then get a bit disappointed when I actually read them!
    From your wish: I can’t bear Ian McEwan – I know that people will hate me for it but I do; I have The Slap on TBR, if it’s nominated I will bump it up the pile and get it read quickly; I reviewed an advance copy of Chef – it was OK, nothing special really; Oh – The Wives of Henry Oades – I reviewed that one too and loved it – I would be thrilled if it were nominated, it’s excellent; some of the others are on my wishlist


    • winstonsdad
      Jul 26, 2010 @ 17:02:25

      yes henry oakes looks good ,I love list but agree on whole they tend to be a mixed bag when read ,thanks for your first comment ,all the best stu


  5. kimbofo
    Jul 26, 2010 @ 19:05:59

    Forgot about the Widow’s Tale… I think you could be onto something with that one.


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  7. Claire (Paperback Reader)
    Jul 27, 2010 @ 11:08:31

    Interesting list, Stu! Like you I don’t read that much modern literary fiction but I’m hoping for a book (or thirteen) that will excite me.

    I’ve heard C by McCarthy mentioned in relation to this year’s longlist but know little or nothing about it … I’m intrigued.


  8. Claire (Paperback Reader)
    Jul 27, 2010 @ 19:03:50

    Six out of thirteen was a great attempt, Stu! So far the best I have seen, I think. Well done (you’re more up on your modern lit than you thought!)

    I highly recommend Alan Warner although I’ve yet to read Stars in the Bright Sky; it is the title I am most excited about on the list (and The Slap, after hearing so many good things).


  9. Tom C
    Jul 28, 2010 @ 07:06:17

    Coe and Mitchell are the only ones I’ve read and I probably won’t trouble myself with the others. An interesting list though


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