Tuesday, October 10, 2006

A Literary Moment: The Man Booker Prize

So, who's gonna win The Booker? Find out later today.

The shortlist:

Desai, Kiran--The Inheritance of Loss (Hamish Hamilton)
Grenville, Kate--The Secret River (Canongate)
Hyland, M.J.--Carry Me Down (Canongate)
Matar, Hisham--In the Country of Men (Viking)
St Aubyn, Edward--Mother’s Milk (Picador)
Waters, Sarah --The Night Watch (Virago)

The favorite to win: Sarah Waters or Kiran Desai or Kate Grenville, depending where you go for that info.

If this last hour sort of literary thing rocks your boat, you can keep tabs at the Booker Blog.

And this is the part where I say: Haven't read any of 'em. Don't plan to read any of 'em.

I've apparently turned into a Philistine in my middle-age.

Edited To Add:

Youngest ever woman wins Man Booker Prize at age of 35

Kiran Desai was tonight (Tuesday 10th October) named the winner of the £50,000 Man Booker Prize for Fiction for The Inheritance of Loss, published by Hamish Hamilton.

The Indian-born writer has a strong family tie with the prize as her mother Anita Desai has been shortlisted three times since 1980 but has never won. This year, however, her daughter, Kiran, has won the acclaimed literary prize.

Author of the 1998 universally praised Hullabaloo in the Guava Orchard, Desai is the first woman to win the Man Booker since 2000 when Margaret Atwood scooped the prize with The Blind Assassin. Her winning book, The Inheritance of Loss, is a radiant, funny and moving family saga and has been described by reviewers as ‘the best, sweetest, most delightful novel’.

Complete press release here.

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