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Bookies have reported heavy betting on the British writer’s novel in final hours before the ceremony.
C, one of six books nominated for the annual prize, which comes with a cheque for £50 000, follows the life of Serge Carrefax through the upheavals of early 20th century Europe.
Carey is one of just two authors who have won the Booker twice. His last was in 2001 for True History of the Kelly Gang and prior to that in 1988 with Oscar and Lucinda. South African J.M. Coetzee has also claimed the prize twice.
Talking to Reuters last week, Rushdie said: “It made a big difference, no question. In England the paperback of Midnight’s Children has sold well over a million copies, and it wouldn’t have done that (without the Booker). It’s very beneficial.”
Midnight’s Children also won the Best of the Booker title in 2008 which was chosen by a popular vote.
Like music’s Mercury Prize, the Booker can launch the winning author to literary fame and bolster books sales by hundreds of thousands of copies internationally.
Watch Tom McCarthy discuss C below:
Have you read any of the Man Booker shortlisted offerings? Which is your favourite? Do you think Tom McCarthy would be a worthy winner of 2010’s prize?
Words: Dean Samways
The shortlist for the Guardian’s First Book Award has been published with an extremely varied bunch of first time authors making the short list.
The award which has a £10 000 cash prize is seen in many literary circles as being unique, not only because it recognises first time writers but also the lengths it goes to to involve reading groups all over the country.
Taking in fiction, non-fiction and poetryu the books range from a 20th century history of music, a memoir of a soviet era romance and a dark story of obsession and violence based in Yorkshire. Others making up the shortlist include a political novel set in Pakistan and a carnivalesque Australian saga.
The shortlist was determined by Waterstones reading groups up-and-down the country who helped narrow down the selection from ten books to just five.
Chairwoman of the award and Guardian Literary Editor Claire Armitstead commended the shortlist saying “these are sophisticated books that require a big investment from the reader – an investment for which they are richly rewarded,” she also commended the books for there “generic inventiveness” and “defiance of easy marketing packagability.”
Here’s the five books in contention for this year’s prize:
- The Rest Is Noise – Alex Ross
- Stalin’s Children – Owen Matthews
- God’s Own Country – Ross Raisin
- A Fraction Of The Whole – Steve Toltz
- A Case Of Exploding Mangoes – Mohammed Hanif
The Scribbler will announce the winner of The Guardian Book Award before anyone else right here…although probably not before The Guardian.
Have a look at Ross Raisin’s interview with Olive TV below where he talks about his book Out Backward and answers questions from fans:
If you have the patience to watch Alex Ross talks about his shortlisted book The Rest Is Noise the amazing Google video feature is below:
Doubleday presents a reading of Steve Toltz’s A Fraction Of The Whole set to moving pictures:
Has anyone read any of the shortlisted books? If so, what’s your opinion of them? Does it deserve this accolade?
Words: Seamus Swords