well tomorrow we find out who has made the longlist of the man booker prize 2011 .I was going do this earlier this evening but 2 hour power cut meant unable to blog so I ll fly through the book I ve heard about and reviews I ve seen over last few months ,so i ll give you a baker’s dozen –
At last – by Edward St Aubyn –
the latest in the partrick Melrose series to pay respects to his mother and another look other his past .
Strangers child by Alan Hollinghurst –
two poets lives and works tracked from 1912 to present day a look at what being a poet means and how history decides what there poems mean .
Wish you were here by Graham swift –
jack deals with his brother’s death in Iraq a look at modern english lives .
The girl in the polka dots dress by Beryl Bainbridge –
A girl from Kentish Town heads in 1968 to the cauldron of the US with Martin Luther King dying ,maybe one last chance for Beryl hey .
Pure by Andrew Miller –
Set in 1785 a young man must clear an old cemetery whilst watching his own back .slightly different hope it makes list one that appeals to me .
Last man in the tower by Aravinda Adiga –
a building needs to be cleared in Bombay but there is one man stopping this as old and new india clash .
Waterline By Ross Rasin
well I ve heard Joe from Penguin go on about this book ,as a friend of my father owned a shipyard this one appeals to me ,it is about Mick his journey out of the shipyards ,about love and loss .
The forgotten waltz by Anne Enright –
Gina has a love affair with Sean ,passion desire and memories all crop up in this book it seems .set in Dublin ,has to be a Irish writer on booker list .
Other people’s money by Justin Cartwright –
the fall of a family owned private bank told from two generations point of view ,Justin sold this to me when I heard a radio interview ,seems to catch the spirit of the time a bit .
We had it so good by Linda Grant –
I think every blog review of this book has been positive ,set in 1968 it follows middle class people over the next forty years ,through main character Stephen an American living in Britain .
Cedilla by Adam Mars Jones –
The continuing story of John Cromer from his earlier book ,I ve this on my tbr pile like fact main character has a disability something you don’t often see in books .
London Triptych by Jonathan Kemp –
three mens lives and affairs in 50’s london against a backdrop of a gay underground and art world .This sounds different to me when I read a few reviews .
Embassytown by China Mieville –
Well I ve put this on as I m feed up of the whining from sci-fi readers that he misses the list year after year and the fact it does sounds like a great read ,an alien world humans modify to communicate with the life form on the planet .It seems to be about our lives using the alien world as a tool for our world and its problems .
SO WHAT DO YOU THINK BE THERE ?
WHAT YOU MAKE OF MY CHOICES ?