Wednesday, 10 September 2008

Listen to the Man Booker Shortlist

Aravind Adiga, Sebastian Barry, Amitav Ghosh, Linda Grant, Philip Hensher and Steve Toltz are the six authors shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize for Fiction 2008, the English-speaking world's most important literary award. The shortlist was announced by the chair of judges, Michael Portillo.

Two debut novels feature: Aravind Adiga’s The White Tiger, set in India, and Australian Steve Toltz’s A Fraction of the Whole were among the six “page-turning” books in the running for the famed literary prize.

Other first time novelists can take inspiration from knowing that these authors share the same writing experiences and their own challenges in daily life.

On making the longlist, Aravind Adiga said, "It's a great thrill. Especially alongside Amitav Ghosh and Salman Rushdie. But I live in Mumbai, where not many people know of the Man Booker Prize; I'm still standing in long queues and standing in over-packed local trains in the morning and worrying about falling ill from unsafe drinking water. Life goes on as before."

Steve Toltz, A Fraction of the Whole, said of his own previous work, "I have written unproduced screenplays and stage plays, poems, short stories, essays and shoddy first chapters of unfinishable novels."

This year, the Man Booker Prize has exclusively partnered with mobile site GoSpoken to make extracts from the shortlisted books available to download free onto your mobile phone. They can either be read as text or listened to as audio. The extracts will be available from the moment the shortlist is announced by texting MBP to 60300. This is the first time that any book prize has used mobile technology to promote its shortlist.

On Monday 13th October, the eve of the winner announcement, the Southbank Centre in London will host an evening of readings and discussion with the 2008 shortlisted authors.

Note: To get free extracts on your mobile text MBP to 60300 if you are in the UK
For mobiles outside of the UK enter into your mobile web browser.


Mike French said...

Steve Toltz's A Fraction of the Whole will be reviewed at the magazine soon!

Paul said...

You realise that it's articles such as this, Jen, that oblige me to go out and buy even more books before I've got through the last stack! And I love it.

the Amateur Book Blogger said...

Paul - oh I know, I'm not even started the Orange shortlist yet - and your book is now added to my stack too! Came in to our local bookshop today.

Mike - Steve Toltz's A Fraction of the Whole - great, looking frwrd to it.

Paul said...

It's great to be on someone else's stack, Jen. Thank you. The stacks I've been building are beginning to remind me of industrial England and I'm wondering if I should specialise. Only the Man Booker or only the Orange, or only...?

Nah. I'll just have to read faster!