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Kiran Desai, The Inheritance of Loss 0 0%
Kate Grenville, The Secret River 1 11.11%
M.J. Hyland, Carry Me Down 2 22.22%
Hisham Matar, In the Country of Men 1 11.11%
Edward St Aubyn, Mother's Milk 5 55.56%
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Old 9th Aug 2006, 23:57   #1
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According to the website, the longlist will be announced on Monday, 14th August. The judges were made public on 30th June. They are Simon Armitage, Candia McWilliam, Anthony Quinn, Fiona Shaw, and Hermione Lee will be chairperson.

I thought I would just start this thread in anticipation of Monday as to what books people think are going to make the longlist or, if feeling confident, the shortlist.

I've read none of the books that came out within the period detailed in Rule 4a (01-Oct-2005 to 30-Sep-2006). I would suppose that Black Swan Green by David Mitchell may be there, perhaps JPOD by Coupland, The Book of Dave by Will Self, Kalooki Nights by Jacobson. A newbie, perhaps, in that Londonstani novel. An outsider being Bareback by Kit Whitfield (on the reasoning that she's another one to graduate from the creative writing course at the University of East Angia and they always seem to feature). And perhaps John Self's first five star of the year, Edward St. Aubyn's Mother's Milk might feature.
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Usually, around this time of year, I spy a few articles here and there that outline the prospective Booker contenders, but I haven't come across any this year. I can't believe it's that time again!

I also feel out of the loop in terms of predicting possible titles. It seems, in previous years, quite a number of surefire novels had already been released by this time. Last year, everyone was talking about Ishiguro and McEwan (even though the latter surprisingly didn't make the shortlist). The year before that, I believe, "The Line of Beauty", had come out early in the year as well.

To me, the only sure bet seems to be David Mitchell's "Black Swan Green". Mitchell's a Booker darling and very hot right now. Kind of like the male Zadie Smith. Last year, there were so many big hitters with new books out (along with Ishiguro and McEwan, there was Rushdie, Barnes, Banville, the Smiths, Coetzee, etc). That doesn't seem to be the case in 2006. Though Martin Amis has a new book out soon, does he not? Who else?
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Yes Amis has a new book out just in time (28 Sep) but I don't think it qualifies as it's a novella/collection of stories rather than a novel (then again, Reading Turgenev, one of the paired novellas in William Trevor's Two Lives was shortlisted back in the early 90s).

Blixa probably has the contenders right, though I'd be surprised if Coupland makes it. I really should read that Howard Jacobson... Perhaps Clare Allan's Poppy Shakespeare will make the longlist. I read about 100 pages of it and it wasn't bad. DBC Pierre is not looking likely though.
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Remainder

I have a free copy for the first person to jump up and say 'Over Here!' There's a condition attached...
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I expect to see Edward St. Aubyn's Mother's Milk on Monday’s longlist and I reckon Peter Carey will also be there with Theft. I’d like to see William Boyd’s Restless, Sarah Waters’ Night Watch and the inevitable David Mitchell with Black Swan Green.

I’ve seen good reviews for them, so I expect to see included Jon McGregor – So Many Ways To Begin, Howard Jacobson – Kalooki Nights, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie – Half Of a Yellow Sun, Clare Allen – Poppy Shakespeare and Andrew O’Hagan – Be Near Me. I would like to see Will Self on the list for Book Of Dave.

Has anybody read Tom McCarthy’s Remainder? It was getting good reviews earlier this year and could be a contender for this year’s Booker. I might look around for a copy.
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Amner, it does appeal to me - throw a copy this way and I'll see if I agree if it's a Classic, or if it is just a dull read.

What's the condition attached?
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Good suggestions, paddyjoe, Night Watch and Theft are very likely. Restless I wasn't that impressed by (or the third of it I read), though gil liked it more.
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Amner, it does appeal to me - throw a copy this way and I'll see if I agree if it's a Classic, or if it is just a dull read.
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I will eat my shorts if Remainder gets anywhere near the shortlist paddyjoe. I have read those reviews and they are unconvincing to say the least.

Is the Boyd actually out yet? I thought it was due to be published in September but both gil and JS appear to have got their mits on it.
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Is the Coupland a possibility because he is Canadian?
(I can't remember all the rules).
Having read JPOD, I'd be very surprised if it makes the long list. It's far from a 'booker novel' and, well, it's just not that good. Enjoyable, ticks traditional Coupland boxes, but that is it.
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