This year's longlist for the Man Booker Prize has been announced -- and well, yeah.
According to the Telegraph, "There are six novels from Britain, five from the US, one from Australia and one from Ireland". Here they are in that order:
J by Howard Jacobson,
The Wake by Paul Kingsnorth,
The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell,
The Lives of Others by Neel Mukherjee,
Us by David Nicholls
How To Be Both by Ali Smith
To Rise Again at a Decent Hour by Joshua Ferris,
We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Jay Fowler,
The Blazing World by Siri Hustvedt,
Orfeo by Richard Powers
The Dog by Joseph O’Neill
History of the Rain by Niall Williams
The Narrow Road to the Deep North, by Richard Flanagan
Hmph. How did they miss Jonathan Lethem's Dissident Gardens? (US) Or Fiona McFarlane's The Night Guest? (Australia) -sigh- Well, anyway, it does look to be an interesting list this year!