Looooong lists: Booker, Guardian

The Booker longlist:

Peter Carey for Theft: A Love Story (Faber & Faber)

Kiran Desai for The Inheritance of Loss (Hamish Hamilton).

Robert Edric for Gathering the Water (Doubleday).

Nadine Gordimer for Get a Life (Bloomsbury).

Kate Grenville for The Secret River (Canongate).

M. J. Hyland for Carry Me Down (Canongate).

Howard Jacobson for Kalooki Nights (Jonathan Cape).

James Lasdun for Seven Lies (Jonathan Cape).

Mary Lawson for The Other Side of the Bridge (Chatto & Windus).

Jon McGregor for So Many Ways to Begin (Bloomsbury).

Hisham Matar for In the Country of Men (Viking).

Claire Messud for The Emperor’s Children (Picador).

David Mitchell for Black Swan Green (Sceptre).

Naeem Murr for The Perfect Man (William Heinemann).

Andrew O’Hagan for Be Near Me (Faber & Faber).

James Robertson for The Testament of Gideon Mack (Hamish Hamilton).

Edward St Aubyn for Mother’s Milk (Picador).

Barry Unsworth for The Ruby in her Navel (Hamish Hamilton).

Sarah Waters for The Night Watch (Virago).


The Guardian First Book Prize, 2006:

Everyman’s Rules for Scientific Living
Carrie Tiffany, above (Picador), fiction

Harbor
Lorraine Adams (Portobello), fiction

John Donne: The Reformed Soul
John Stubbs (Viking), biography

Lonesome George: The Lives and Loves of a Conservation Icon
Henry Nicholls (Palgrave Macmillan), natural history

A Sense of the World: How a Blind Man Became History’s Greatest Traveller
Jason Roberts (Simon & Schuster), biography

Running for the Hills
Horatio Clare (John Murray), memoir

Poppy Shakespeare
Clare Allan (Bloomsbury), fiction

Waiting for the Night-Rowers
Roger Moulson (Enitharmon), poetry

A Thousand Years of Good Prayers
Yiyun Li (4th Estate), stories

In the Country of Men
Hisham Matar (Viking), fiction

2 comments

  1. Falkor–my apologies, first, for taking so long to respond.Most publishers prefer to use the author’s own name for various reasons–it’s cleaner on the legal front, it’s easier to build a “brand” around the author etc. There are some exceptions. If the publishers feel that the author genuinely needs protection or anonymity (as in the case of Primary Colours), and better yet, if the publishing house can also turn the anonymity to good account, they’ll go along with it. Sometimes, the pseudonym is worth a lot in itself, as was the case with Riverbend, the Baghdad Blogger–she preferred not to use her own name, and since most readers of that blog knew her as Riverbend, the pseudonym itself had considerable “brand equity”.In rare cases, an already established author might want to publish a work anonymously or behind a pen name if it is substantially different from earlier work.In a more general sense, you need to have a good reason: being shy and reclusive really doesn’t count, unless your name is Thomas Pynchon, but being a married woman who’s spilling the beans about her active extramarital sex life (The Bride Stripped Bare) would.Cheers,Hurree

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