The Man Booker Prize 2010 season is off! Only five of the thirteen titles are currently available in your U.S. bookstore (maybe). Most of the others have publication dates in the next few months, but there are a few that didn’t seem to have any publication plans in the United States. Perhaps now. Perhaps only if they make the shortlist at this point. So, if you’re from the United States and want to join in the thrill of the Booker Prize season by reading all of the longlisted titles in the next few months, you’ll have to go to the UK to get your orders.
Here are the thirteen longlisted titles:
- Peter Carey: Parrot and Olivier in America (available now)
- Emma Donaghue: Room (available September 13)
- Helen Dunmore: The Betrayal (availability in U.S. unknown)
- Damon Galgut: In a Strange Room (available on Kindle only; other U.S. availability unknown)
- Howard Jacobson: The Finkler Question (availability in U.S. unknown)
- Andrea Levy: The Long Song (available now)
- Tom McCarthy: C (available September 7)
- David Mitchell: The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet (available now)
- Lisa Moore: February (available now)
- Paul Murray: Skippy Dies (available August 31)
- Rose Tremain: Trespass (available October 18)
- Christos Tsiolkas: The Slap (available now)
- Alan Warner: The Stars in the Bright Sky (availability in U.S. unknown)
At this point I have read only two: Parrot and Olivier in America and The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet, both expected to make the longlist easily, though I thought both of them less than wonderful, if good in some ways. I don’t know how involved I’ll get this year. I have Lisa Moore’s February, so I’ll get to that one. McCarthy’s C on its way from Knopf. I’m tempted to order the rest from the Book Depository, but we’ll see.
Happy Booker Season to all!