2005 Booker Prize -- The Longlist of Finalists

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The 37th Man Book Prize committee has announced the long list of fiction titles for the prestigious 2005 Booker. The Booker Prize is one of the most sought-after literary awards. It honors the best novel from the Commonwealth or the Republic of Ireland. The recipient of the £50,000 purse receives instant worldwide recognition, boosting sales tremendously.

Past winners include Alan Hollinghurst for The Line of Beauty (2004), Yann Martel for Life of Pi (2002), and Margaret Atwood, Blind Assassin (2000).

The long list of 2005 finalists, which includes four previous winners, is:
Tash Aw, The Harmony Silk Factory
John Banville, The Sea – scheduled for U.S. publication in 2006
Julian Barnes, Arthur and George – scheduled for U.S. publication in 2006
Sebastian Barry, A Long Long Way
J.M. Coetzee, Slow Man – on order
Rachel Cusk, In the Fold – on order
Kazuo Ishiguro, Never Let Me Go
Dan Jacobson, All for Love – not yet scheduled for U.S. publication
Marina Lewycka, A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian
Hilary Mantel, Beyond Black
Ian McEwan, Saturday
James Meek, The People’s Act of Love – not yet scheduled for U.S. publication
Salman Rushdie, Shalimar the Clown
Ali Smith, The Accidental – scheduled for U.S. publication in 2006
Zadie Smith, On Beauty
Harry Thompson, This Thing of Darkness -- not yet scheduled for U.S. publication
William Wall, This Is the Country -- not yet scheduled for U.S. publication

The shortlist will be announced on September 8th and the winner will be announced on October 10.


Hat off to your fiction selector. Well done!
Now, can you spot the winner?

Here's another article that takes a stab at naming possible winners.

Most interesting quote:
There is already a bit of a hubbub surrounding the choice of John Sutherland as chair of the judges. Sutherland previously chaired in 1999, when Disgrace by J.M. Coetzee was selected as the winner. After the winner was announced, the other judges denounced Sutherland for remarks he had made in an article, and judges Natasha Waler and Shena Mackay felt they had been negatively portrayed as "feminist mafia."

Nice link to the http://www.turbobooksnob.com/ Thanks.

Kudos needs to be given to the powers that be at the Library for being on the ball about the Booker announcement. I have had to urge individual librarians at different branches for years to order books that have been short listed with limited success. This might be nice to do for several of the other major literary awards: Giller, National Critics Award, Pen/Faulkner, Orange, Whitbread etc.


Thank you so much for your great suggestion. I will map out a calendar so I can keep track and will post blogs accordingly.