>This news is a little old–it was released on August 14, just as I was about to leave for Bread Loaf–but still I like to monitor the Man Booker Prize. The 2006 longlist is set out below. The shortlist will be anounced on September 14 and the winner on October 10.
The longlist for the Man Booker Prize for Fiction 2006 is as follows;
Carey, Peter Theft: A Love Story (Faber & Faber)
Desai, Kiran The Inheritance of Loss (Hamish Hamilton)
Edric, Robert Gathering the Water (Doubleday)
Gordimer, Nadine Get a Life (Bloomsbury)
Grenville, Kate The Secret River (Canongate)
Hyland, M.J. Carry Me Down (Canongate)
Jacobson, Howard Kalooki Nights (Jonathan Cape)
Lasdun, James Seven Lies (Jonathan Cape)
Lawson, Mary The Other Side of the Bridge (Chatto & Windus)
McGregor, Jon So Many Ways to Begin (Bloomsbury)
Matar, Hisham In the Country of Men (Viking)
Messud, Claire The Emperor’s Children (Picador)
Mitchell, David Black Swan Green (Sceptre)
Murr, Naeem The Perfect Man (William Heinemann)
O’Hagan, Andrew Be Near Me (Faber & Faber)
Robertson, James The Testament of Gideon Mack (Hamish Hamilton)
St Aubyn, Edward Mother’s Milk (Picador)
Unsworth, Barry The Ruby in her Navel (Hamish Hamilton)
Waters, Sarah The Night Watch (Virago)
>I don’t know what happened this year, but I’ve not read anything on the list yet, htough I have a few waiting on my shelves.
>Me either, Kat. I’ve heard Messud and Murr read from theirs, though, and was impressed. The Messud book came out yesterday and my copy should arrive soon–I think I’ll read that one next . . .