What has caught your eye about the Man Booker longlist? The number of indie publishers? The breadth? The depth? The welcome appearance of small or indie publishers ? All of these have been mentioned in various quarters, but it was when I put my feet up with yesterday’s Telegraph Review that it came to my notice that from a list of thirteen, five have not yet been published. Well, Man Booker judges have rarely been influenced by best-seller lists, but surely anything being discussed as a potential literary gem should at least be available to the common man?
And what about bookshops, how galling for them to be asked for a longlist title and be able to offer only a pre-order? I think the guilty publishers – presumably trying to drum up business in advance of any real trial by market – should be given a smart slap on the wrist. Or maybe the rules just need to be changed. All in all, another sign of the book industry being in a catastrophic state of confusion.
Although there is an interesting footnote. Donal Ryan’s The Spinning Heart, NYP in paper back, has been out since 2012 on Kindle with a Limited edition hardback available from the Lilliput Press. Now it’s with Doubleday who presumably knew a good thing when they saw it.
Good to know that at least some of this influential list has had a previous life. Sounds like a good read, too.
I’m writing this in a season of some difficulty for WordPress users. Some unknown difficulty with WordPress software, or servers, or, as they woud prefer, external factors (ISPs? browsers? goverment agencies? – don’t laugh, this is a serious proposition) UK users are having a tough time posting, viewing or managing their sites. There is never a good time for this to happen, and in my case I was on the point of launching a new site linked to a Very Exciting Project, all of which (the site not the project) has now ground to a halt.
As the first serious outage of WP in my six years membership, it’s a blow, but the kind of thing we have to live with in the online world. I’m hoping it’s something silly like the heat. Hopefully I can still rabbit on here until things cool down.
3 thoughts on “Man Booker Madness”
Hi Alison, WordPress wouldn’t let me post a comment on your blog.It’s still going weird, I suppose. I mentioned that a debut writer in the Guardian had commented that interviewers are only interested in the author’s life story, not in the book and its merits.I’ve found this to be true on the rare occasions when I get interviewed! From Jean
I’m afraid I’ve yet to read the list, but absolutely agree it’s strange that they would select from unpublished novels. I wonder why.
Sorry about the site difficulties Very frustrating – I’m crossing my fingers that this will get through.
Hi Ann and Jean – your comments have got through I’m happy to say. Be interesting to see how Man Booker develops.