Booker Prize Short List Predictions!

September 7, 2009 at 7:51 pm | Posted in Book Blather | 5 Comments

I’m so excited I am posting my Booker short list predictions before I post anything about my honeymoon trip!  They are announcing it tomorrow, though if I recall from last year it won’t be until late evening.

Due to various reasons, one being the difficulty I experienced acquiring all the books in advance, I’ve only managed to read through seven of the thirteen titles on the long list.  But hey, this is significantly more than last year.

Here are my predictions, assuming there are six slots.  I’m putting a * by the ones I have managed to read.

The Glass Room – Simon Mawer

Brooklyn – Colm Toibin *

Love and Summer – William Trevor *

Summertime – J. M. Coetzee

Wolf Hall – Hilary Mantel

The Little Stranger – Sarah Waters

I really enjoyed reading the half of the stack I managed to read in time, and I’m pretty thrilled to know I have time to read the other half before this year’s winner is announced.  (Except the Coetzee, which still won’t be published by that time).

I also want to say that I don’t understand why everyone is throwing such a fit over Me, Cheeta being on the list.  Plus, I think Not Untrue and Not Unkind is a terrific, very approachable read.

I’m not hedging my bets or anything.  I looked around and I couldn’t seem to find anyone else who was willing to put a little cred on the line and try to predict who would be on the short list.  I’m not proud.  Last year I did the same and managed only to guess two correctly, though one was the winner.

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