Wednesday, August 8, 2007

Pip, Pip, Hooray!

Let the fall awards season begin! The Man Booker prize longlist is out and I'm thrilled that one of my favourite summer books, Mister Pip by Lloyd Jones is on it. It's a great list full of new and younger writers. Congrats to Torontonian Michael Redhill who made the list with his novel Consolation which has just been released in paperback. Ian McEwan is the bookie's favourite with On Chesil Beach but don't be surprised if Jones "pips" him to the shortlist. Of the other longlisted titles, A.N. Wilson's Winnie and Wolf, Catherine O'Flynn's What Was Lost (which has been one of those handseller picks lauded among independent booksellers in England) and Anne Enright's The Gathering all look to be intriguing reads. Shortlist is announced on September 6th.

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