Booker Shortlist Announced

And, sadly, Me Cheetah, the fake bio of a famous Hollywood chimp, is not on the shortlist.

Surprisingly, neither is Colm Toibin’s Brooklyn.

The UK’s Telegraph calls this” the best shortlist in years” and says it is “striking how many of these novels are by women.” The Booker Web site has the judges’ descriptions of the titles.

Only one title on the list that is currently available in the U.S.:

The Little Stranger
Sarah Waters
Retail Price: $26.95
Hardcover: 480 pages
Publisher: Riverhead Hardcover – (2009-04-30)
ISBN / EAN: 1594488800 / 9781594488801
• J.M. Coetzee — Summertime
• A.S. Byatt — The Children’s Book
• Adam Foulds — The Quickening Maze
• Hilary Mantel — Wolf Hall
• Simon Mawer — The Glass Room
• Sarah  Water — The Little Stranger

The following are scheduled for publication here, but not until after the award is announced on October 6th.

The Children’s Book
A.S. Byatt
Retail Price: $26.95
Hardcover: 688 pages
Publisher: Knopf – (2009-10-06)
ISBN / EAN: 0307272095 / 9780307272096

Wolf Hall: A Novel
Hilary Mantel
Retail Price: $27.00
Hardcover: 560 pages
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. – (2009-10-13)
ISBN / EAN: 0805080686 / 9780805080681

The following are not yet scheduled for publication in the U.S.:

  • Simon Mawer, The Glass Room
  • Adam Foulds, The Quickening Maze

According to the Guardian, the bookmaker’s favorite is Wolf Hall, a historical novel about Thomas Cromwell.

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