Posted by: Lisa Hill | August 11, 2009

The Not the Booker Longlist

From the Guardian, comes the Not the Booker Longlist – and lo! there are some Aussies there.  They were only eligible if available in the UK, which excluded some worthies I am sure.   I have highlighted the Aussies in seasonal Spring green, with the usual doubts about claiming Mr Coetzee & MJ Hyland as ours.

The only ones I’ve read are Brooklyn by Colm Toibin and The Lieutenant by Kate Grenville, though on the TBR lies The Children’s Book by A.S . Byatt, and on order from Readings  Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel.

As for the rest, I have never heard of most of them but shall keep an eye out for them at the library….

1.Ghosts and Lightening by Trevor Byrne
2.Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel
3.Map Of The Invisible World by Tash Aw
4.Summertime by JM Coetzee
5.The City and The City by China Miéville
6.John The Revelator by Peter Murphy
7.Solo by Rana Dasgupta
8.The Rehearsal by Eleanor Catton
9.Jerusalem by Patrick Neate
10.Spirit by Gwyneth Jones
11.This Is How by MJ Hyland
12.The Earth Hums in B Flat by Mari Strachan
13.The White Woman On The Green Bicycle by Monique Roffey
14.The Quiet War by Paul McAuley
15.The Harrowing by Robert Dinsdale
16.Hodd by Adam Thorpe
17.The Tie-Kin by Eleanor Thom
18.The Winter Vault by Anne Michael
19.White Is For Witching by Helen Oyeyemi
20.The Father Of Locks by Andrew Killeen
21.The Children’s Book by AS Byatt
22.Stone’s Fall by Iain Pears
23.Burnt Shadows by Kamila Shamsie
24.Down On Out On Murder Mile by Tony O’Neill
25.Rose by Gillian Green
26.Cockroach by Rawi Hage
27.Brooklyn by Colm Tóibín
28.Grace, Lamar and Laszlo The Beautiful by Deborah Kay Davies
29.Ten Storey Love Song by Richard Milward
30.Mark Illis by Tender
31.Jeff In Venice, Death in Varanasi by Geoff Dyer
32.Little Gods by Anne Richards
33.A Kind Of Intimacy by Jenn Ashworth
34.Great Waters by Kit Whitfield
35.Black Rock by Amanda Smyth
36.Red Dog, Red Dog by Patrick Lane
37.Harare North by Brian Chickwava
38.Generation A by Douglas Coupland
39.Tomas by James Palumbo
40.Neverland by Simon Crump
41.The Lieutenant by Kate Grenville
42.All The Colours Of The Town by Liam McIvanney
43.Other Rooms, Other Wonders by Daniyal Mueenuddin
44.Best Served Cold by Joe Abercrombie
45.The Outlander by Gil Adamson
46.How To Paint A Dead Man by Sarah Hall

Perhaps after this year’s disappointment, we should have our own Not the Miles Franklin?


  1. Great minds think alike. I did a similar post about this list.

    And I love your idea about the Not the Miles Franklin!


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