There are some very good choices which make me very happy as I wanted to read them anyway. I have the Rushdie and the Ghosh and Linda Grant's book, none of them read yet. The rest are still to be bought. (Booker watching is an expensive business!).
The White Tiger by Aravind AdigaSays Chair of judges, Michael Portillo :
Girl in a Blue Dress by Gaynor Arnold
The Secret Scripture by Sebastian Barry
From A to X by John Berger
The Lost Dog by Michelle de Kretser
Sea of Poppies by Amitav Ghosh
The Clothes on Their Backs by Linda Grant
A Case of Exploding Mangoes by Mohammed Hanif
The Northern Clemency by Philip Hensher
Netherland by Joseph O'Neill
The Enchantress of Florence by Salman Rushdie
Child 44 by Tom Rob Smith
A Fraction of the Whole by Steve Toltz
With a notable degree of consensus, the five Man Booker judges decided on their longlist of 13 books. The judges are pleased with the geographical balance of the longlist with writers from Pakistan, India, Australia, Ireland and UK. We also are happy with the interesting mix of books, five first novels and two novels by former winners. The list covers an extraordinary variety of writing. Still two qualities emerge this year: large scale narrative and the striking use of humour.The shortlist will be announced on 9th September.
More comment from Michelle Pauli and Mark Brown in the Guardian, and Boyd Tonkin in the Independent.
For more discussion and a useful list of the ones that got away, go join the debate on the Booker website.