I’m not here today 8

27 July, 2010

Yup, I’m Slightly Peckish again at Umamimart! So check out what I’ve been cooking this week in the heat.

Elsewhere in the bookish world, the longlist for the Man Booker Prize 2010 has just been announced today. As expected David Mitchell has been nominated. Yay! I haven’t read any of the titles but have The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet waiting for me very patiently on my shelf. There are a couple of titles I’m interested in reading such as Christos Tsiolkas’ The Slap, Helen Dunmore’s The Betrayal and Peter Carey’s Parrot and Olivier in America, but I’m not sure if I’ll manage it considering the speed at which I read (i.e. not very fast) and the number of books I’ve got lined up. The shortlist will be announced on 7th September, so maybe I’ll wait until then. We shall see.

So was this list a surprise or were the titles you expected on that list?

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9 Responses to “I’m not here today 8”


  1. These all look great — I’m also excited to read the Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet!

  2. Shelley Says:

    Just dropping by to say thanks for tipping me off about that book A Very Great Profession. It covers the time period I write about (our grandmothers’ decades) and I enjoyed the book. Only saw it here.

  3. Tony Says:

    Good on Mitchell, but I don’t thimk he’ll win (I’m sure you’ve seen the discussion at the Farm Lane Books post). Just finished ‘Ilustrado’ (which was not nominated – possibly because the Philipines is not in the Commonwealth?), but I’m not sure how many of the longlist I’ll be reading. There are too mnay books by dead people to read to spend too much time on this year’s releases 🙂

  4. itoeri Says:

    realize that i havent followed the booker prize properly in years..!

    am sitting in my favorite british indian cafe(Cafe 1930) by harajuku, having their homemade ginger ale & the newly translated ‘Nietzsche’s Words’ 🙂

  5. Iris Says:

    Longlists are always a surprise to me, because I never feel on top of things enough to predict them.

  6. Bellezza Says:

    As I’m woefully uninformed, not knowing (or particularly caring?) which books are on the list, I thank you for bringing me up to date.

    It’s reassuring to know I’m not the only slow reader around, too.

  7. winstonsdad Says:

    no real suprises I had half right in my guess post day before only small suprise is jacobson but not huge one of judges worked at bbc and Jacobson use be on radio a lot ,all the best stu

  8. chasing bawa Says:

    Natalie: Have you read any of his other books?

    Shelley: Persephone Books have a wide range of books specifically set in that period. I think there is also a set of books by Elaine Showalter that covers women’s fiction in the US which I’m also interested in reading.

    Tony: I must finish reading Mitchell’s books soon so that I can contribute properly to the discussions! I always take about a year to read the books that come out or I purchase. What did you think of Illustrado? Actually I’ll stop by your blog to check myself!

    itoeri: I love the name Cafe 1930! Let me know what Nietzsche’s Words is like. Sasuga!

    Iris: Same for me too. I’m really behind…

    Bellezza: Sometimes you feel you need to speed up when comparing with other blogs. But then the enjoyment in reading vanishes and I just go back to the way I am 🙂

    winstonsdad: Well done, that’s a half more than me, although I was rooting for Mitchell and suspected Carey would get through.


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