Apologies, it’s been almost a fortnight since the shortlist for this year’s Man Booker Prize was announced by the chair of the judges, AC Grayling. I’m sure most of you booky types are well ahead of me on this one.
Have you read any of the nominated novels?
Top of the buzz here in Australia is our own Richard Flanagan whose novel The Narrow Road to the Deep North has been popular for a long time now.
There is a lot of talk about Karen Joy Fowler’s We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves too – sounds like a very good one for book groups to talk about.
Other novels shortlisted are To Rise Again at a Decent Hour by Joshua Ferris, The Lives of Others by Neel Mukherjee (an inviting title for a sticky-beak like me), How to be Both by Ali Smith and the simply titled J by Howard Jacobson.
You can read about them here at the Man Booker Prize website.
Last week the 2014 Longlist for the Man Booker Prize was announced.
Previously for novels written in English and published in the UK, the Man Booker Prize now admits nominations from all over the world.
The six judges, headed by AC Grayling, have chosen this years Longlisted novels which includes six novels by British authors, four by Americans, two by Irish authors and one by our own Richard Flanagan.
The Narrow Road to the Deep North – Richard Flanagan
History of the Rain – Niall Williams
How to be Both – Ali Smith
J – Howard Jacobson
Orfeo – Richard Powers
The Blazing World – Siri Hustvedt
The Bone Clocks – David Mitchell
The Dog – Joseph O’Neill
The Lives of Others – Neel Mukherjee
The Wake – Paul Kingsworth
To Rise Again at a Decent Hour – Joshua Ferris
Us – David Nicholls
We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves – Karen Joy Fowler
The shortlist will be announced on 9th September 2014 and the winner on 14 October 2014.
Has anyone read any of these longlisted books? What do you think of the judge’s choice?
When I’m not sure what I want to read next the cover really does have to jump out at me. My last random purchase was an edition of The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet by David Mitchell because it had such a lovely serene cover.
Here are the shortlisted books in the Australian Book Designers Association (ABDA) 2014 Book Design Awards. The categories are Literary Fiction, Nonfiction and Children’s Illustrated Books.
As you can see, some of the book designers have multiple shortlisted designs. Congratulations to all.
Designer : WH Chong
Literary Fiction : The Double by Maria Takolander
Literary Fiction : A Girl is a Half Formed Thing by Eimear McBride
Designer : Sandy Cull
Nonfiction : The End by Bianca Nogrady
Designer : Jenny Grigg
Literary Fiction : The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton
Designer : Alison Colpoys
Literary Fiction : Letters to the End of Love by Yvette Walker
Nonfiction : Madness: A Memoir by Kate Richards
Nonfiction : The Coat Route by Meg Lukens Noonan
Nonfiction : High Sobriety by Jill Stark
Designer : Peter Long
Nonfiction : Girt by David Hunt
Designer : Chris McKimmie
Children’s Illustrated Books : Scarlett and the Scratchy Moon by Chris McKimmie
Designers : Natalie Winter and Antonia Pesenti
Children’s Illustrated Books : Alphabetical Sydney by Antonia Pesenti & Hilary Bell
Designer : Ben Sanders
Children’s Illustrated Books : I’ve an Uncle Ivan by Ben Sanders
Designer : Shaun Tan
Children’s Illustrated Books : Rules of Summer by Shaun Tan
What do you think of these covers? Any that pique your interest?