The 2009 Man Booker Prize Shortlist

Here it is!

A.S. Byatt: The Children’s Book
J.M. Coetzee: Summertime
Adam Foulds: The Quickening Maze
Hilary Mantel: Wolf Hall
Simon Mawer: The Glass Room
Sarah Waters: The Littler Stranger

I have the Byatt and the Foulds, and I’ve just been waiting to get the Mawer and the Coetzee. Have to say, I’m a bit uncertain I can stomach the Byatt or the Mantel, but we’ll see. At any rate, the only surprise is that Brooklyn and Love and Summer are nowhere on the list. Good luck to the authors, and good luck to any of you out there reading the list — I hope it proves to be worth the time!

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