After last year’s contentious Booker Prize nominations, all eyes will surely be on this year’s short list, announced today. No news yet on how readability will factor into selecting the winner, but the judges are getting ahead of the game by praising the writers’ wordsmithing abilities: “After re-reading an extraordinary longlist of twelve, it was the pure power of prose that settled most debates.” Here’s a list of the nominees with links to Booklist reviews where available. Keep an eye out for the winner on October 16th.
The Garden of Evening Mists, by Tan Twan Eng
Swimming Home, by Deborah Levy
Bring up the Bodies, by Hilary Mantel
The Lighthouse, by Alison Moore
Umbrella, by Will Self
Narcopolis, by Jeet Thayil