No Indian writer in 2009 Man Booker long list
For the first time in recent years, no Indian writer figures in the long-list for the 2009 Man Booker prize with noted writer JM Coetzee, who won the prestigious prize in 1983 and 1999, in the running again for his book, Summertime.books Updated: Jul 29, 2009 17:35 IST
The long-list for the leading literary award in the English-speaking world announced on Tuesday includes 13 books. Last year’s winner was Indian writer Aravind Adiga, who got the prize for his book The White Tiger.
Coetzee, the reclusive South African author, is the bookies’ favourite to win an unprecedented third Man Booker award for Summertime, following his previous success with Life & Times of Michael K (1983) and Disgrace (1999).
His latest work, which is yet to be published, is described as a “creative memoir” charting a young biographer’s attempts to piece together the life of a dead novelist.
Other entries in the long-list are AS Byatt for The Children’s Book, Adam Foulds for The Quickening Maze, Sarah Hall for How to Paint a Dead Man, Samantha Harvey for The Wilderness, and James Lever for his book Me Cheeta.
Hilary Mantel for his book Wolf Hall, Simon Mawer for The Glass Room, Ed O’Loughlin - Not Untrue & Not Unkind, James Scudamore - Heliopolis; Colm Toibin - Brooklyn, William Trevor - Love and Summer and Sarah Waters for The Little Stranger have also made it to the long list.