Maybe it’s a little American-centric of me, but I wish, oh, I wish that when they announce the Booker Prize longlist, they’d, say, tell me which books are published in the U.S., so I don’t have to go hunting through the interwebs to try to find them.
How many of these have YOU heard of? And no, having heard of the McEwan doesn’t count. You ought to have heard of that one.
Darkmans by Nicola Barker (likely the British ed.; no info)
Self Help by Edward Docx (a “notify me” button at Powell’s)
The Gift Of Rain by Tan Twan Eng (likely the British ed.; no info)
The Gathering by Anne Enright
The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid
The Welsh Girl by Peter Ho Davies
Mister Pip by Lloyd Jones (Hey, I have this one!)
Gifted by Nikita Lalwani
On Chesil Beach by Ian McEwan
What Was Lost by Catherine Oâ€™Flynn (No results at Powell’s or Amazon)
Consolation by Michael Redhill
Animalâ€™s People by Indra Sinha (No results at Powell’s or Amazon)
Winnie & Wolf by A.N.Wilson
Of course, the books’ inclusion on this list means they’ll probably get picked up by U.S. publishers â€”Â or, if they’ve already been bought but not released yet, they’ll get hurried up on their way to the shelves. Good times.