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Underdog Enright Lands the 2007 Booker

From across the pond comes word that Anne Enright has won the 2007 Booker Prize for her novel The Gathering, beating out bookies’ favorite Mr. Pip by Lloyd Jones and On Chesil Beach by household name Ian McEwan. The Independent’s review of The Gathering sets the scene:brings together fragments of the past, real and imagined, all filtered through the consciousness of Anne Enright’s narrator, Veronica Hegarty.Veronica is a middle-aged, newly middle-class Irish mother of two, with a Tudor-redbrick-Queen-Anne house, a nice Saab and an incredibly long-suffering husband. She is endowed with vast numbers of siblings, one of whom, when the novel opens, has just walked into the sea and drowned himself in Brighton.For a second and third opinion, the Guardian offers a pair of raves from A.L. Kennedy and Adam Mars-Jones. Enright hails from Ireland and has three prior novels to her name The Wig My Father Wore, What Are You Like?, and The Pleasure of Eliza Lynch. The curious can also read an excerpt from The Gathering.How We Got Here: the longlist, the shortlist

And Then There Were Six: The Booker Shortlist

The big news is that Ian McEwen’s On Chesil Beach stays alive. I’ve heard pretty good things about the book, but I’d guess it’s not winning. He’s already won one for Amsterdam, and Atonement, considered by most to be his best, didn’t win in 2001 (True History of the Kelly Gang took it home that year). For the slight On Chesil Beach to win the prize would seem odd. Clearly, I’m not alone in this thinking, as the bookies, who favored McEwen when the longlist was announced, now favor Mister Pip by Lloyd Jones. The longlist was offered here with some excerpts less than a month ago, but since you might not have gotten around to them then, we’ll offer the same with the shortlist below.Darkmans by Nicola BarkerThe Gathering by Anne Enright (excerpt)The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid (excerpt)Mister Pip by Lloyd Jones (excerpt)On Chesil Beach by Ian McEwan (excerpt)Animal’s People by Indra Sinha (excerpt)

A Booker’s Dozen: The Longlist is Here

Perhaps the world’s most jawed about literary prize has released its 2007 longlist. It features one legitimate heavyweight (who is currently the favorite in the betting parlors) and a few other familiar names. All the Booker Prize longlisters are below (with excerpts where available):Darkmans by Nicola BarkerSelf Help by Edward Docx (excerpt)The Gift Of Rain by Tan Twan Eng (excerpt)The Gathering by Anne EnrightThe Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid (excerpt)The Welsh Girl by Peter Ho Davies (excerpt)Mister Pip by Lloyd Jones (excerpt)Gifted by Nikita Lalwani (excerpt)On Chesil Beach by Ian McEwan (excerpt)What Was Lost by Catherine O’FlynnConsolation by Michael Redhill (excerpt)Animal’s People by Indra SinhaWinnie & Wolf by A.N.Wilson

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