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Old 13th Nov 2008, 17:06   #1
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Default Booker Prize 2009

It's never too early to speculate.

Hopefully no Tom Rob Smiths this year.

Maybe this one, Colm Tóib*n's new novel Brooklyn, to be published in May.
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Or, of course, Martin Amis's The Pregnant Widow. I'm assuming here that it actually will come out, and that the critics aren't going to pile on Amis as severely as they've been doing.
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Salman Rushdie just might be there too.....
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Not sure about that, saliotthomas. His next novel, Parallelville, supposedly a sort of science fiction thing, has been put back to December 09 as far as I know, which would make it too late to qualify.

What about Patrick McCabe for The Holy City? I have it in proof but haven't read it yet - from a glance it seems more like his 'traditional' thing than his last (scandalously ignored by the Booker) novel Winterwood. In other words it has an OTT comic voice and suggestions of horror - perhaps best compared to Breakfast on Pluto, was was shortlisted.

And Magnus Mills obviously. And maybe Warwick Collins for his new novel The Sonnets? I'm not sure if it will be eligible though, as it's published as a limited edition only at present.

I wonder if Ishiguro's publishers will try to argue that Nocturnes is sufficiently interlinked a collection of stories to qualify as a novel? Stranger things have happened, I'm sure.
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Oh, what's this about Ishiguro? When's that one coming out?
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Default Re: Booker Prize 2009

Some others mentioned by members of the Booker forum:

Margaret Atwood - God's Gardeners (Sep)
Beryl "Booker Bridesmaid" Bainbridge - The Girl in the Polka Dot Dress (Sep)
Kate Grenville - The Lieutenant (Feb)
John Banville - The Sinking City (?)
David Mitchell (?)
Jill Dawson - The Great Lover (Jan)
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You're right, Ang, the next Mitchell is seriously overdue.

I'm adding my favourite

Barry Unsworth - Land of Marvels (Jan 2009)
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I heard somewhere that Mitchell's next book was set on board a Dutch hospital ship off the coast of Japan in the 19th century. Or thereabouts.

Let me add in Geoff Dyer's Jeff in Venice, Death in Varanasi. Apr 09.
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I've read The Lieutenant and although I enjoyed it I think Secret River fans may be dissappointed.

Possibly Richard Flanagan's Wanting?It does cover similar territory to Mr Pip and The Lieutenant though.
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And possibly Ian McEwan?
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