Wednesday, October 11, 2006

The Booker

(Actually, the Man-Booker Prize for Fiction.) Yesterday it was announced that Kiran Desai had won the Booker for The Inheritance of Loss. The other nominated titles on the short-list were Kate Grenville, The Secret River ; M. J. Hyland, Carry Me Down ; Hisham Matar, In the Country of Men ; Edward St Aubyn, Mother’s Milk ; Sarah Waters, The Night Watch. As you can see from the catalog links above, we have most but not yet all of them.

The news stories yesterday made quite a fuss about the fact that Kiran Desai's mother, Anita Desai, was shortlisted for the Booker three times --for Clear Light of Day (1980), In Custody (1984), and Fasting, Feasting (1999) -- but never won.

If you're just looking for something really good to read, you could do worse than cruise the lists of Booker winners and shortlists, year by year.

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