This year's list caught me unawares - I haven't read so much modern fiction in the last few months and the only book I thought would be a contender was the latest Linda Grant, which hasn't even made it on the list. Looking at the list, I have only read Room by Emma Donaghue (which I thought was far too miserable in theme to be enjoyable), and I gave up on The swimmer (mainly because I recall it having very small print despite being a title which was of obvious interest to me). I found Repeat it today with tears absolutely gripping, although again of disturbing subject matter and enjoyed Grace Williams says it loud enormously, although again its theme was not exactly feel good! As the Guardian article says, this years list tackles "Difficult subjects" and that is certainly my feeling of the three that I have finished.
Here is the list:
- Lyrics Alley by Leila Aboulela (Weidenfeld & Nicolson) - Sudanese; 3rd Novel
- Jamrach's Menagerie by Carol Birch (Canongate) - British; 10th Novel
- Room by Emma Donoghue (Picador) - Irish; 7th Novel
- The Pleasure Seekers by Tishani Doshi (Bloomsbury) - Indian; 1st Novel
- Whatever You Love by Louise Doughty (Faber and Faber) - British; 6th Novel
- A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan (Corsair) - American; 4th Novel
- The Memory of Love by Aminatta Forna (Bloomsbury) - British/Sierra Leonean; 3rd Novel
- The London Train by Tessa Hadley (Jonathan Cape) - British; 4th Novel
- Grace Williams Says it Loud by Emma Henderson (Sceptre) - British; 1st Novel
- The Seas by Samantha Hunt (Corsair) - American; 1st Novel
- The Birth of Love by Joanna Kavenna (Faber and Faber) - British; 2nd Novel
- Great House by Nicole Krauss (Viking) - American; 3rd Novel
- The Road to Wanting by Wendy Law-Yone (Chatto & Windus) - American; 3rd Novel
- The Tiger's Wife by Téa Obreht (Weidenfeld & Nicolson) - Serbian/American; 1st Novel
- The Invisible Bridge by Julie Orringer (Viking) - American; 1st Novel
- Repeat it Today with Tears by Anne Peile (Serpent's Tail) - British; 1st Novel
- Swamplandia! by Karen Russell (Chatto & Windus) - American; 1st Novel
- The Secret Lives of Baba Segi's Wives by Lola Shoneyin (Serpent's Tail) - British/Nigerian; 1st Novel
- The Swimmer by Roma Tearne (Harper Press) - British; 4th Novel
- Annabel by Kathleen Winter (Jonathan Cape) - Canadian; 1st Novel
Anyway, as usual I am prepared to be educated, and I am hoping to read as many of the titles as possible (I won't promise to read them all, as I am not sure that they will all appeal, plus it may be difficult for me to get hold of them). I have been in touch with some kind publishers today and I have several titles on the way! I will look out for others in the library and attempt to beg or borrow (just not steal) any others that I can. I am sure I will discover some gems along the way.
It will be nice to focus a bit more on books again on this blog over the next couple of months, so please do pop in, particularly if you are also going to read some Orange books. And afterwards, I might even resume my project of reading previous Orange longlisted titles under my "Orange Wednesday" feature.