July 24, 2013

Book Awards and Accolades

This year's longlist for the 2013 Man Booker Prize is out:

Five Star Billionaire                       Tash Aw (Fourth Estate)
We Need New Names                     NoViolet Bulawayo (Chatto & Windus)
The Luminaries                              Eleanor Catton (Granta)
Harvest                                          Jim Crace (Picador)
The Marrying of Chani Kaufman   Eve Harris (Sandstone Press)
The Kills                                         Richard House (Picador)
The Lowland                                  Jhumpa Lahiri (Bloomsbury)
Unexploded                                   Alison MacLeod ( Hamish Hamilton)
TransAtlantic                                 Colum McCann (Bloomsbury)
Almost English                              Charlotte Mendelson (Mantle)
A Tale for the Time Being              Ruth Ozeki (Canongate)
The Spinning Heart                       Donal Ryan (Doubleday Ireland)
The Testament of Mary                  Colm Tóibín (Viking)

I haven't read any. After years of adhering to these endowments I now shy away from books with the 'Golden Stamp of Approval' simply because I found the contenders tended to be about impoverished brown people with missing limbs. There's only so much entertainment in that.

Looking over my bookshelf though, I do notice I have a lot of novels that were selected for the Orange Prize (now the Bailey's Women's Prize for Fiction). Not sure why that is. Female bias perhaps? Mostly I use these lists to track trends and publishers. Always useful to know who's doing well for that day I might need one.

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