2008 Booker Shortlist

Recently announced:

Aravind Adiga The White Tiger (Atlantic)
Sebastian Barry The Secret Scripture (Faber and Faber)
Amitav Ghosh Sea of Poppies (John Murray)
Linda Grant The Clothes on Their Backs (Virago)
Philip Hensher The Northern Clemency (Fourth Estate)
Steve Toltz A Fraction of the Whole (Hamish Hamilton)

One of the course teachers reviewed most of the longlist a few weeks ago without managing to cover either the Barry, Hensher or Toltz … plus his pick for the best of the bunch (O’Neill’s excellent Netherland) didn’t even make the shortlist!.  Shoddy, really.  He promises to catch up on all three before the announcement of the winner on Tuesday 14th October.  [AR]


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