Wednesday, September 8, 2010

The Man Booker Prize shortlist

Just an FYI, the six titles shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize are below.  I've reviewed two of them already here on TBSD:  Parrot & Olivier in America as well as The Long Song.  I have a review prepared for the release date of Room next week.  The other three titles are new to me.

In an case, based on what I've read, I'm guessing Parrot and Olivier in America is pretty much a sure thing.  Sweeping epic, drama and humor, historical references, etc make it hard to beat!  Personally, it's not my favorite book out there, but I think it's the best of the shortlist.

Parrot and Olivier in America by Peter Carey
Room by Emma Donoghue
In A Strange Room by Damon Galgut,
The Finkler Question by Howard Jacobson
The Long Song by Andrea Levy and
C by Tom McCarthy.

In any case, I'm offering my hardback copy up for grabs as a new contest, ending Sept 30, 2010.   For this contest, you must have a US mailing address, and be a follower.  In addition, I'm making a bit of a quiz in order to win.  Enter via comment BUT then answer the quiz in an email to me at  All accurate responses will go into the drawing for the hardback finished copy of Parrot & Olivier.

Solve the Six degrees of Peter Carey:

Explain the links between author Peter Carey and the book Persuasion by Jane Austen.  You might solve it in less than six degrees...just explain in your email how you connected the two.  Remember:  comment AND email to enter. 

Note:  The Extraordinary Renditions contest is ongoing, a separate entry, and ends 9/15/10. 


  1. All of these books sound great. I have your copy of The Long Song and i haven't had a chance to read it yet but i cant wait to dig in. Other than that, the only other book i recognize on the list is Room. And that's because its on my wish Thanks for the FYI

  2. Thank you! I have been looking forward to the announcement of the short list.