The Booker Prize longlist was announced last night.
And Tan Twan Eng's Gift of Rain is on there!!!! (How many exclamation marks can I get away with? Remember, this is probably the world's most prestigious literary prize.)
I'm so very happy for him. So very proud of him.
Happy for all of us too and feel like trotting out again that old saw - Malaysia Boleh!!!
Before I get too carried away and glurgacious, Sarah Crowne refers to this year's longlist as being "low-key" with:
... four first-time novelists and a near-total absence of literary starsAnd there are only 13 titles this time rather than the 18-24 of previous years.
I am myself very surprised not to see Michael Ondaatje and Graham Swift on there. But McEwan makes it, and the other big name on the list is of course A.N. Wilson.
There is another author of course on the list with a Malaysian connection - Peter Ho Davies who has a Malaysian mum!
Here's the longlist in full:
- Darkmans by Nicola Barker (Fourth Estate)
- Self Help by Edward Docx (Picador)
- The Gift Of Rain by Tan Twan Eng (Myrmidon)
- The Gathering by Anne Enright (Jonathan Cape)
- The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid (Hamish Hamilton)
- The Welsh Girl by Peter Ho Davies (Sceptre)
- Mister Pip by Lloyd Jones (John Murray)
- Gifted by Nikita Lalwani (Viking)
- On Chesil Beach by Ian McEwan, (Jonathan Cape)
- What Was Lost by Catherine O'Flynn (Tindal Street)
- Consolation by Michael Redhill (William Heinemann)
- Animal's People by Indra Sinha (Simon & Schuster)
- Winnie & Wolf by AN Wilson (Hutchinson)
(By the way, sorry I'm a bit of a dozy blogger at the moment, and posting erratically. I've got a lot of work on and am enjoying it, but have less free time than before. Nevertheless, will do my best.)
I like what Deepika wrote. And Asian Literary Review editor, Nury Vittachi, confesses to being "blown away" by one of Twan's short stories ...