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Man Booker Prize shortlist announced

The shortlist for this years Man Booker Prize was announced this morning in London. Since the judges seem to have got the notable omissions out of the way when they assembled the longlist (Ian McEwan, Martin Amis) they’re not the big news this time round, though the two books many will note the absence of are Christos Tsiolkas’ The Slap and David Mitchell’s The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet. Not having read the whole list I’m not really in a position to guess at the likely winner, but I would say that Emma Donoghue’s fictional reworking of the Natasha Kampusch story, Room, has been attracting a lot of attention, and while Tom McCarthy’s C has probably slipped under many people’s radar, if it’s made it to the shortlist I think it’d have to be the dark horse candidate. It’s also pleasing (not least because I’m an admirer of the book) to see Peter Carey shortlisted for Parrot and Olivier in America.

The six books on the shortlist are:

Peter Carey, Parrot and Olivier in America
Emma Donoghue, Room
Damon Galgut, In a Strange Room
Howard Jacobson, The Finkler Question
Andrea Levy, The Long Song
Tom McCarthy, C

In other award-related news, Sunday saw the announcement of this year’s Hugo Award for Best Novel, which was split between China Mieville’s The City and the City and Paolo Bacigalupi’s The Windup Girl, a result which seems about right to me.

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AussieCon 4

Just a quick note to say I’ll be at AussieCon 4 in Melbourne next weekend, where I’ll be speaking on a panel on Friday at 1:00pm about the role of the critic in the 21st century. Given the panel also features John Clute (who co-edited The Encyclopaedia of Science Fiction with Australia’s own Peter Nicholls), Bill Congreve of MirrorDanse Books and Cheryl Morgan it should be a fascinating session. The full program is available on the AussieCon 4 website.

AussieCon 4 will also see the announcement of the 2010 Hugo Awards. I had a piece in The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age this weekend about the six books on the Best Novel shortlist. It’s a bit cursory in places, simply because of the difficulties inherent in reviewing six books in 1200 words, and it doesn’t seem to be online yet, but I’ve made a copy available on this site for anyone who’s interested.