The Booker’s Dozen: The 2010 Booker Longlist

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With the unveiling of the Booker Prize longlist, the 2010 literary Prize season is officially underway. As is typically the case, the list offers a mix of exciting new names, relative unknowns and beloved standbys. The instant favorites to win for most readers will be David Mitchell, Peter Carey, and, though he is something of a newly minted literary superstar, Tom McCarthy. Several of the books named appeared on our “most anticipated” lists for the first and second halves of 2010.

All the Booker Prize longlisters are below (with excerpts where available):


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10 Responses to “The Booker’s Dozen: The 2010 Booker Longlist”

  1. Patrick
    at 5:00 pm on July 27, 2010

    Glad to see The Slap on the list. I’ve been hyping this novel everywhere. Hopefully this will win it the readership it deserves.

  2. simon
    at 7:03 pm on July 27, 2010

    Great to see The Slap – very good.

    Tom McCarthy. Well, he’s the hot media thing right now and I’ve not read C yet, but I did read Remainder and thought it was an interesting idea very very badly executed. Not sure he deserves to be in.

    David Mitchell. Ignored for too long, he should have won in back in ’99 when Ghostwritten came out – his last one and this one are poor efforts compared to his other stuff. hmm..

  3. Drew
    at 9:52 pm on July 27, 2010

    Completely agree with Simon regarding McCarthy and Remainder.

    Great to see Galgut nominated (again?). Love his work, wish it were published with greater speed here in the US. Lags almost like a translation would. Highly recommend The Good Doctor.

  4. GuiltyFeat
    at 2:28 am on July 28, 2010

    In time-honored fashion, I haven’t read a single book on the longlist. I guess I get to the Mitchell sooner and the Carey later and whoever wins the whole thing in due course.

    I was disappointed enough by Solar not to mind its omission, but I’m almost finished The Pregnant Widow and I can’t believe there are 12 more satisfying works published this year.

  5. paula
    at 4:56 pm on July 29, 2010

    I love Damon Galgut. I’m fairly certain and excerpt of this new novel ran in the Paris Review a year or so ago. The Good Doctor was very good. I think Rose Tremain is pretty great, too.

  6. Chris Flynn
    at 10:26 pm on July 29, 2010

    Delighted to see Alan Warner on there actually, I reckon he’s very underrated. Morvern Callar is one of my favourite books of all time.

  7. Peter
    at 12:05 pm on July 30, 2010

    Looks like your “unveiling” link is off by one year. Should point here:

  8. C. Max Magee
    at 12:06 pm on July 30, 2010

    Fixed that link. Thanks Peter.

  9. Tom B.
    at 3:44 pm on July 30, 2010

    A historical novel won last year, so that may hurt Mitchell and Carey. I expect the winner to be one of the lesser known authors. (The Mitchell and Carey are both on my to-be-read piles.)

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    at 10:18 am on July 31, 2010

    […] longlist for the 2010 Man Booker Prize was announced this week. These 13 authors will soon be winnowed down to about six and, from that smaller selection will come a winner. The Man Booker Prize is given to the best […]

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