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Old 19th Nov 2009, 20:50   #21
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I rather like the choice.
Me too [of Motion as chairman]. Someone who seems to have a fine sensibility towards fiction as well as towards poetry and biography.

Has anyone read his novel The Invention of Dr Cake which imagines Keats mightn't have died in Rome but came back to England to practise as a family doctor? I enjoyed it when it came out but I read it too quickly and it demands a re-read which I haven't yet given it.
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Any news on David Malouf's Ransom? I thought it was going to be a big contender but so far it has been flying low under the radar.
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I think now would be a wonderful time to start posting satirical book titles that might be up for the Booker in 2011, but I haven't been able to think of any.
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Christos Tsolkias' The Slap, last year's Commonwealth Book Prize winner, will be eligible for 2010. I have an Australian edition that I bought back in July, and was intending to read it over the summer. Alas...
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Have just looked up The Slap, which I'd heard of from folk on the Booker site, but had never investigated. The cover of the UK edition makes it look like a Jodi Picoult novel. "One day at a suburban barbecue, a man slaps a child who is not his own..." WHAT WOULD YOU DO? Cue lots of state-of-the-nation social observation, searing indictment of acceptable limits, abuse, racism, etc etc for 500 pages. I hate it already. It'll probably win.
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The cover of the UK edition makes it look like a Jodi Picoult novel. "One day at a suburban barbecue, a man slaps a child who is not his own..." WHAT WOULD YOU DO?
Jeez, doesn't it just? I'll try and get to it sooner rather than later. Wouldn't mind getting a jump up on the Booker for next year.
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Wouldn't mind getting a jump up on the Booker for next year.
That's what I like to hear - you were missed this year!
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Peter Carey's Parrot and Olivier in America will be released in February.
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Yann Martel, untitled "allegorical book about the Holocaust" which Canongate acquired a few months ago, so might be out in time
Entitled Beatrice & Virgil, April

Damon Galgut - In a Strange Room - April
Jonathan Coe - The Terrible Privacy of Maxwell Sim - July
Catherine O'Flynn - The News Where You Are - June
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I think the Galgut is a collection of three stories, though whether they will try to insist it's a novel and submit it anyway (as his publisher Atlantic did last year with Adiga's Between the Assassinations), who knows? Though it would be a risky move, and potentially the loss of an entry, as Galgut doesn't qualify automatically.

EDIT: Hang on, no, they're saying it's a full-fledged novel, as the central character in the three stories is the same.
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