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Old 26th Jan 2015, 7:09   #1
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The Folio Prize academy has selected 80 books to consider. Unlike the Booker, they list them.
(shortlist 9th Feb 2015)

10:04 Lerner, Ben Granta
A God In Every Stone Shamsie, Kamila Bloomsbury Publishing
Academy Street Costello, Mary Canongate
After Me Comes The Flood Perry, Sarah Serpent's Tail
All My Puny Sorrows Toews, Miriam Faber & Faber
All Our Names Mengistu, Dinaw Sceptre
All The Days And Nights Goviden, Niven The Friday Project
All The Light We Cannot See Doerr, Anthony 4th Estate
All The Rage Kennedy, AL Jonathan Cape
Amnesia Carey, Peter Faber & Faber
Annihilation Vandermeer, Jeff 4th Estate
Arctic Summer Galgut, Damon Atlantic Books
Bald New World Tieryas Liu, Peter John Hunt Publishing
Bark Moore, Lorrie Faber & Faber
Be Safe I Love You Hoffman, Cara Virago
Boy, Snow, Bird Oyeyemi, Helen Picador
Can't & Won't Davis, Lydia Hamish Hamilton
Dear Thief Harvey, Samantha Jonathan Cape
Dept. of Speculation Offill, Jenny Granta
Dissident Gardens Lethem, Jonathan Jonathan Cape
Dust Owuor, Yvonne Adhiambo Granta
Em And The Big Hoom Pinto, Jerry Viking
England And Other Stories Swift, Graham Simon & Schuster
Euphoria King, Lily Picador
Everland Hunt, Rebecca Fig Tree
Eyrie Winton, Tim Picador
Family Life Sharma, Akhil Faber & Faber
Fourth Of July Creek Henderson, Smith William Heinemann
How To Be Both Smith, Ali Hamish Hamilton
In Search Of Solace Mackie, Emily Sceptre
In The Approaches Barker, Nicola 4th Estate
In The Light Of What We Know Rahman, Zia Haider Picador
J Jacobson, Howard Jonathan Cape
Kinder Than Solitude Li, Yiyun 4th Estate
Lila Robinson, Marilynne Virago
Life Drawing Black, Robin Picador
Lost For Words St Aubyn, Edward Picador
Love And Treasure Waldman, Ayelet Two Roads
Nora Webster Toibin, Colm Viking
On Such A Full Sea Lee, Chang-Rae Little, Brown
Orfeo Powers, Richard Atlantic Books
Outline Cusk, Rachel Faber & Faber
Perfidia Ellroy, James William Heinemann
Road Ends Lawson, Mary Chatto & Windus
Shark Self, Will Viking
Some Luck Smiley, Jane Mantle
Stay Up With Me Barbash, Tom Simon & Schuster
Stone Mattress Atwood, Margaret Bloomsbury Publishing
The Ballad Of A Small Player Osborne, Lawrence The Hogarth Press
The Bone Clocks Mitchell, David Sceptre
The Book Of Gold Leaves Waheed, Mirza Penguin
The Book Of Strange New Things Faber, Michel Canongate
The Country Of Icecream Star Newman, Sandra Chatto & Windus
The Dog O'Neill, Joseph 4th Estate
The Emerald Light In The Air Antrim, Donald Granta
The Emperor Waltz Hensher, Philip 4th Estate
The Fever Abbott, Megan Picador
The Heroes' Welcome Young, Louisa Harper Collins
The Incarnations Barker, Susan Doubleday
The Lie Dunmore, Helen Hutchinson
The Lives Of Others Mukherjee, Neel Chatto & Windus
The Narrow Road To The Deep North Flanagan, Richard Chatto & Windus
The Night Guest McFarlane, Fiona Sceptre
The Paying Guests Waters, Sarah Virago
The Tell-Tale Heart Dawson, Jill Sceptre
The Temporary Gentleman Barry, Sebastian Faber & Faber
The Wake Kingsnorth, Paul Unbound
The Zone Of Interest Amis, Martin Jonathan Cape
Their Lips Talk Of Mischief Warner, Alan Faber & Faber
Thunderstruck McCracken, Elizabeth Jonathan Cape
To Rise Again At A Decent Hour Ferris, Joshua Viking
Travelling Sprinkler Baker, Nicholson Serpent's Tail
Upstairs At The Party Grant, Linda Virago
Viper Wine Eyre, Hermione Jonathan Cape
Virginia Woolf In Manhattan Gee, Maggie Telegram Books
We Are Not Ourselves Thomas, Matthew 4th Estate
What You Want Phipps, Constantine Quercus
Wittgenstein Jr Iyer, Lars Melville House
Young Skins Barrett, Colin Jonathan Cape
Your Fathers, Where Are They?... Eggers, Dave Hamish Hamilton
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Old 26th Jan 2015, 7:12   #2
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I have now read 16 of these, not through any attempt to get through them, but having read 13 at the time of announcement, and having several others already purchased, I'm choosing books from this list for reading at the moment.

WCarp, it looks like you read many of these in 2014.

On the weekend before the announcement of the winner (21st - 22nd March) they hold a festival at the British Library London where panels of Folio Prize members discuss various topics. It was excellent last year and I'm looking forward to it again this year.
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Ang, thanks for posting this. I'm excited about the prize this year. If I have counted correctly I have read 35 of the 80 listed and, based solely on what I've read, I think it is a strong group. I have high expectations. It will be interesting to see which ones are finally selected. I definitely have some favorites I would like to see on the shortlist - a couple that I thought were very good but ignored by the other prizes. But I'm also looking forward to those titles I haven't read - an author or title totally new to me. I think paddyjoe has also read a great deal of this list; his posted reading list and ratings definitely influenced some of my choices.

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I've read 31 of the 80, and abandoned After Me Comes The Flood. I wasn't too impressed by 10:04. Lots of rave reviews so I'm obviously missing something.

Some stand-out books from last year on the list that I'm glad to see there, and would like to see on the shortlist in 2 weeks time -
Arctic Summer, Em And The Big Hoom, How To Be Both, Lila, Upstairs At The Party, and Young Skins are particular favourites.
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I agree with paddyjoe regarding 10:40. Not only did I feel like I was missing something, I wasn't even positive I understood what the author was trying 'to say'.

Others from the list that I read and disliked: Power's Orfeo (torturous for me) and Faber's The Book of Strange New Things. They may be well done and have their merits for others, but they were definitely not my taste.

Like paddyjoe, I also liked Artic Summer and Lila. I won't be surprised to see Lila on the final list.

I would be happy to see The Zone of Interest on the shortlist. Long ago I attempted to read Martin Amis and abandoned him quickly. I never thought I would read him again - but I decided to give him another try and was surprised by how impressed I was with this book. (Was it low expectations as I really did not like him previously? No, I think it is truly an excellent novel.)

I was also very impressed with In The Light Of What We Know by Zia Haider Rahman. I remember it received excellent reviews and I expected to see it represented on the awards front. It wasn't. Hopefully, the Folio will give it its due. I thought it was a smart and challenging debut. The problem with it may be that it is a novel that is more easily admired than liked (I read something to that effect in a review - it may have been in The Guardian - and I suppose I, grudgingly, agree.) I know other readers didn't seem to like it much. Still, I hope it makes the shortlist.

I also wouldn't mind seeing Nora Webster, The Lives of Others and, maybe, The Emperor Waltz shortlisted. There are some very good choices among the 80 and I'm glad the Folio shared the list. It allows for a little speculation.

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I liked Orfeo a great deal and was glad to see it on this list.

I finished Academy Street last night, and although I thought it was good, the telling felt a bit forced in places. For example, the priest asking how old someone was after he'd just performed her funeral.
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The shortlist has been announced.

The Shortlist:
10:04 by Ben Lerner
All My Puny Sorrows by Miriam Toews
Dept. of Speculation by Jenny Offill
Dust by Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor
Family Life by Akhil Sharma
How to Be Both by Ali Smith
Nora Webster by Colm Tóibín
Outline by Rachel Cusk

Any thoughts on their choices?

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I'm very pleased to see Nora Webster on there, and that could be an overlap with the Booker this year.

10:04 may be the only other one also eligible for this year's Booker but I could be wrong about that.
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You are right Ang. Nora Webster and 10:04 both eligible for the 2015 Booker.

I found 10:04 a clever concept but it left me cold. I'm about to start on All My Puny Sorrows .
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Just finished 10:04 and loved it.
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