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View Poll Results: What book do you think should win the Man Booker Prize 2007?
Darkmans by Nicola Barker 7 30.43%
The Gathering by Anne Enright 2 8.70%
The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid 0 0%
Mister Pip by Lloyd Jones 6 26.09%
On Chesil Beach by Ian McEwan 2 8.70%
Animal's People by Indra Sinha 6 26.09%
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Old 22nd Feb 2007, 12:00   #1
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The panel for this year's Man Booker Prize has been announced; it includes Last King of Scotland author Giles Foden, poet Wendy Cope, and actress Imogen Stubbs.

And this year for the first time, the longlist will be restricted to twelve books.

But what will be on the list?
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But what will be on the list?
Restless?
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The Testament of Gideon Mack?
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Are you having a laugh? (Is he having a laugh?) Both were out last year (and Gideon Mack was on the longlist then...).

I'll put a pound on Ian McEwan's On Chesil Beach.
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Ah, that tells you all you need to know about me and new books, then.
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Huh, so was Restless eligible last year? What an omission. I assumed it was out just too late to make last year's list. And yes, James Robertson was fully deserving of last year's longlist place, wasn't he? In my opinion he could have pushed Walters off the shortlist too.
Can't think of any stunning books I've read which have been published since the 2006 Booker. If Ishiguro has a new one out this year, that'll probably make it. Don't think Boyd's next one will be out until 2008. Which acclaimed writers have got novels due out in the next few months?
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Well Gerard Woodward publishes A Curious Earth, the sequel to I'll Go To Bed At Noon, which was shortlisted a few years ago. James People's Act of Love Meek has We Are Now Beginning Our Descent.

Former Booker winners: Graham Swift has Tomorrow out in April, and Pat Barker publishes Life Class in July.

Hari Kunzru, whose The Impressionist was surprisingly good and whose Transmission was surprisingly less good, has a new novel My Revolutions out in June. Debut novelist Peter Ho Davies, who nonetheless earned a place on the Granta Best of Young British Novelists 2003 list for his short stories, could be worth keeping an eye on for The Welsh Girl.

Steven Hall's The Raw Shark Texts has had all the hype that Canongate typically musters for its authors, but some pretty negative reviews.

Amis of course might be in with a shout for The Pregnant Widow, as might Michael Ondaatje for Divisadero. I think we can safely rule out Iain Banks's The Steep Approach to Garbadale though.

There don't seem to be many big big names with new books this year. Ishiguro typically takes five years over each book, so I wouldn't expect anything from him for a while.
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A few other Booker winners have new books out later this year - Ben Okri, Pat Barker and JM Coetzee.

I'm looking forward to reading Gerard Woodward's A Curious Earth, after raving about his previous August and I'll Go To Bed At Noon. And, of course, Ian McEwan's On Chesil Beach will be worth a look.
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Thanks for that, John. I've enjoyed two of Graham Swift's novels so I'll look out for his one. I don't know if I could stomach a sequel to Gerard Woodward's I'll Go To Bed At Noon as I liked but didn't love it: few writers can make alcoholism interesting to read about; I think Edward St Aubyn managed it in Mother's Milk but I found the first Woodward more depressing than rivetting. I think the Ian McEwan one is the one that I'll await most eagerly - did you say somewhere that you had read a proof copy or extract? And is Amis's newie partly based on his life, or did I make that up? Could make for a fascinating read.
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few writers can make alcoholism interesting to read about; I think Edward St Aubyn managed it in Mother's Milk...
Martin Amis with Money is another notable example, although I think John Self didn't see himself as an alcoholic.
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