Why is it that I am no longer excited about the Man Booker Prize? Perhaps it is the fact that more than half of the books listed are ones that I haven’t heard of, or the book who finally won the prize seems to bore me to tears.
The 2012 Booker Prize longlist was announced yesterday and here’s the list:
- The Yips by Nicola Barker
- The Teleportation Accident by Ned Beauman
- Philida by André Brink
- The Garden of Evening Mists by Tan Twan Eng
- Skios by Michael Frayn
- The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce
- Swimming Home by Deborah Levy
- Bring up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel
- The Lighthouse by Alison Moore
- Umbrella by Will Self
- Narcopolis by Jeet Thayil
- Communion Town by Sam Thompson
I am interested in Hilary Mantel and Tan Twan Eng but the rest is just a bit unheard of, for me at least. I attempt to read the past winners, so I suppose I’ll see which one will come up as the winner this 16 October.
What about you? Which book would you be interested to read?