Posts Tagged ‘Booker Longlist’

The Finkler Question – Howard Jacobson

 Long listed for 2010 Booker Prize I’m not a fan of books about religion and so wasn’t sure how I’d get on with The Finkler Question. I was right to be concerned as the religious debate took precedence over the plot and I couldn’t bring myself to finish this book. The book started off reasonably […]

Skippy Dies – Paul Murray

 Long listed for 2010 Booker Prize One of the reasons I love reading entire long lists is that I stumble upon fantastic books that I wouldn’t otherwise pick up. I had heard good things about Skippy Dies before the Booker long list was announced, but I couldn’t motivate myself to read 650+ pages about teenagers […]

The Booker longlist 2009

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 […]

Heliopolis – James Scudamore

Long listed for the Booker Prize 2009 For the third time this year the Booker long list has produced an amazing book that I would otherwise have missed. Heliopolis is set in a futuristic Sao Paulo and follows Ludo, who was born in a shanty town, but then given great wealth after being adopted by one of the […]

The Glass Room – Simon Mawer

 Long listed for the Booker Prize 2009 The Booker long list has rewarded me with another great book that I would never normally have picked up. The Glass Room has an unusual concept, in that the book is based upon a building rather than a person. Built on a hillside from glass and steel in the […]

How to Paint a Dead Man – Sarah Hall

Long listed for the Booker Prize 2009 The great thing about reading the Booker long list is that I read books I would never normally pick up and am occasionally rewarded by finding a gem like this. I shouldn’t have liked this book – it has virtually no plot and has whole chapters about a […]