The standard of writing on the longlist this year was outstanding. I was very impressed with the books chosen, and although I enjoyed some more than others, I felt that every single one deserved it’s place on the list.
Unlike in previous years, when I have occasionally wondered what on Earth those Booker judges were doing, this year I have enormous respect for them. They have chosen an amazing selection of books and I was very pleased to discover some wonderful new authors.
The 2009 Booker longlist, ranked by my rating
(Note: This is no reflection of the writing quality, just how much I enjoyed reading them)
Me Cheeta – James Lever (DNF)
Deciding which books to put on the short list is going to be a very hard decision for the judges this year. The standard of the writing is incredibly high.
There were four books that stood out for me though. I am certain these four will make it onto the short list:
I really don’t know how the judges will make up their minds, but if I had to guess then I think the Booker short list will look like this:
The Booker short list is announced on 8th September.
Do you think my predictions will come true?
Which books do you think will make it onto the short list?
Which book from the long list was your favourite?