Booker Awards Update

One of the titles shortlisted for the Booker will be released in the US on Oct. 16, the very day the winner will be announced.

Deborah Levy’s Swimming Home is published in the UK by And Other Stories, a publisher that is trying an unusual model, selling their books through annual subscriptions with the aim of helping writers whose books are not considered commercial enough to be published by mainstream houses. It is being published in the US by Bloomsbury.

The UK’s Observer reviewed Swimming Home last week and called it “dazzling.”

In betting at the UK bookmaker Ladbroke’s, Levy’s novel is currently the fifth of the six shortlisted titles

Hilary Mantel, Bring up the Bodies, Macmillan/Holt — 9 to 4

Will Self, Umbrella, Grove Press, (US pub date: Dec. 10th) — 11 to 4

Alison Moore, The Lighthouse, Salt Publishing, available in the US through Amazon Digital Services — 5 to 1

Tan Twan Eng, The Garden of Evening Mists, Perseus/ Weinstein Books — 5 to 1

Deborah Levy, Swimming Home,
Macmillan/Bloomsbury  (US pub date: Oct. 16th) — 6 to 1

Jeet Thayil, Narcopolis, Penguin Press– 8 to 1

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