I know, I know but when were we on time? Plus I am going through one of my non-fiction phases and somewhere halfway through Keay's latest. But the Booker doesn't wait of course and the longlist has always been a great way to find new writers, so well, we shall do the Mela as usual. The only one I have read so far on the list is the Rushdie which was all about "Look, how cool I am!" and because it was Rushdie, it just about worked but nothing to write home about.
Aravind Adiga The White Tiger - n!'s review
Gaynor Arnold Girl in a Blue Dress
Sebastian Barry The Secret Scripture
John Berger From A to X
Michelle de Kretser The Lost Dog
Amitav Ghosh Sea of Poppies - Space Bar
Linda Grant The Clothes on Their Backs - Falstaff, Veena, Fëanor
Mohammed Hanif A Case of Exploding Mangoes
Philip Hensher The Northern Clemency
Joseph O'Neill Netherland - Falstaff's note
Salman Rushdie The Enchantress of Florence
Tom Rob Smith Child 44
Steve Toltz A Fraction of the Whole - Falstaff
As always, drop me a line / link if you plan to read and review any of these before they announce the prize in Oct.
Previous Booker Melas: 2005, 2006, 2007