Well, Michelle did a very in-depth job at kicking us off with her look at what could potentially make this year’s longlist and why. After reading her piece I thought I should join in the fun.
I’m not often one for predictions, and I’ll probably end up going 0/12, but in a year that seems to carry very little in the way of obvious choices with it, here are the twelve, in no particular order, that I’d be delighted to read.
The Wall – William Sutcliffe
The Childhood of Jesus – J.M. Coetzee
The Fall and Rise of Gordon Coppinger – David Nobbs
How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia – Mohsin Hamid
Questions of Travel – Michelle de Kretser
The Hired Man – Aminatta Forna
The Universe versus Alex Woods – Gavin Extence
The Fields – Kevin Maher
We Need New Names – NoViolet Bulawayo
The Hope Factory – Lavanya Sankaran
The Daughters of Mars – Thomas Keneally
Americanah – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Why these 12? Well, I could get into it, but I don’t want to waste too much time on conjecture when in just a few short days we’ll have the real list to chew on. However, I challenge my other BookerMarkers to post their predictions today or tomorrow as well. Let’s see who can get the most correct!
Last place eats tripe?