Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher rather than Thomas Cromwell, will feature in Hilary Mantel’s new book. The collection of 10 short stories, called The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher is to be published in September, well ahead of the much-awaited sequel to Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies. “Where…
The hype that always surrounds the prestigious Booker Prize has already begun with the news that the Long List for 2013 will be announced on July 25th.
Last year’s list provided some treasurers. Apart from winner Hilary Mantel’s Bring Up the Bodies, Tan Twan Eng’s The Garden of Evening Mists was probably my favorite read of the year and a book that everyone to whom I recommended it seems to have enjoyed too, Other memorable ones are Swimming Home by Deborah Levy, The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce, The Lighthouse by Alison Moore and Narcopolis by Jeet Thayil.
It’s a big deal, for reputation and sales, to make it onto even the Long List of what is one of the world’s most prestigious literary competitions. So, who will make it into the spotlight in 2013? Apart from the judges, my guess is as good as any, so here are some possible contenders.
TransAtlantic by Colum McCann: McCann’s novel, is divided into a series of narratives
Congratulations to AM Holmes who has taken out the Women’s Prize for Fiction (formerly the Orange Prize) for her satire on modern American Life May We Be Forgiven. The book was described by Miranda Richardson, chair of the judging panel, as “so fresh and so funny – darkly funny – and so unexpectedly moving.”
Holmes, an American, beat the much-fancied favourite Hilary Mantel whose Bring Up The Bones has already taken out two of the trifecta of major prizes, the Man Booker and the Costa.