Tuesday, 31 August 2010

The Man Booker longlist 2010

As many of you are already aware, the Man Booker longlist was announced late last month and as this coincides nicely with the creation of Eye Candy for Magpies I figure it would make a good start to try and read and review at least a couple of the books on the list, especially considering I have never read any of the authors before.

The first book I am drawn to is Emma Donoghue's - Room about a boy and his mother who are held captive in one room for many years, the boy believing that the room is all there is only to escape and suddenly be catapulted into a world that is completely unfamiliar and terrifying in which he has to learn to adjust to the idea of sharing his space and his life with many other people. Freedom rather than captivity being the frighting concept.
Perhaps it was Donoghue's short article on Anne Lister in the Guardian's Saturday review that peaked my interest in this author, or maybe it was the full page advert on the back page that stuck in my mind (ah, the power of advertising), either way I will be picking this book up as soon as possible and hopefully have a review ready in a couple of weeks.

Anyone who has read and can recommend any of the books on the longlist this year or your thoughts on who is in the running for the prize, your feedback would be most welcome.

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