I’m excited to be able to say that the finalists for The Man Booker International Prize have at last been announced. I for one am extremely excited by the news because I’m a huge fan of the award, but also I’m very pleased to see that one of my favourite writers of all time have made it onto the list, but more of that later. Without further ado, here is the list:
John le Carre
The Man Booker International Prize is a particular favourite of mine as it celebrates and recognises work from across the globe; shining light on all areas of the world and the wonderful work that comes from. From China to America to Australia and Spain the finalists this year are a mixed bag and reading any one of them should provide an insightful and thrilling read.
However I must admit that I’m probably a little biased this year towards the winner as my favourite writer of all time has made the list and I really am delighted to see him nominated. I’m talking about Philip Pullman, whose work I first discovered when a friend recommended the ‘His Dark Material’ trilogy to me. At first I was sceptical about a book that had ‘daemons’ and alternate universes but as soon as I started reading it I was hooked and I have been a fan ever since.
For me Pullman is a great credit to the literary world, especially because his work is accessible to children and adults which is something worth celebrating. And his works are always so richly steeped in imagination that it makes reading his books, which often contain underlying topical themes such as religion, all the more exciting and dramatic.
However there are some really talented and great writers on the list that I’m pleased to see nominated, and as for the ones I’ve unfortunately not read yet, well I’m pleased they’ve been brought to my attention and look forward to reading them soon.
Can anyone recommend any of the authors on the list?
There is also a little controversy this year as nominated writer John le Carre has asked for his name to be withdrawn from the competition. I’m sure this will come as a huge blow to those who nominated him and wanted to see him win this award. However I must admit I find it brave and admirable that Carre has the courage to admit that he does not write to win prizes and has stood by this. Personally I love any literary award as it helps inspire my TBR list. But every writer should have the right to chose something like this and Carre has clearly made up his mind. I do hope though that this doesn’t detract too much attention from the award which I will be following.
Have you read any books by any of the authors on the list? Perhaps you have a particular favourite? What do you think about John le Carre’s decision to withdraw from the competition? I’d love to hear your thoughts.