Posted by: Lisa Hill | January 10, 2012

Man Asian Literary Prize Shortlist 2011

The judges have made their announcement and they selected seven books for their shortlist:

Dream of Ding Village by Yan Lianke, see my review

Please Look After Mom by Kyung-Sook Shin, see my  review

The Wandering Falcon by Jamil Ahmad, see my review

The Sly Company of Those Who Care by Rahul Bhattachariya, see my review

River of Smoke by Amitav Ghosh, see my review

The Lake by Banana Yoshimoto, see my review

Rebirth by Jahnavi Barua, see my review

So – now the Shadow Jury must do what they can to try and select a winner!


  1. Lisa, don’t you think the publisher of Rebirth will get some copies into circulation now? As soon as I offer to send you mine, your promised copy will arrive in the mail. But I will send you my copy if you want it. We can do a book swap like I arranged with Matt. I send you Rebirth and you send me an Australian book not published in the US. We have some time. Just keep it in mind as an option, ok?

    Some surprises on the shortlist, but it is strong.


    • That’s kind of you, Fay, and I will bear it in mind. Hopefully the book will have arrived by the time I get back home!
      I feel sorry for the author: here she is with a shortlisted book which should be garnering sales from all over the globe and her publishers have let her down big time.


  2. I find this whole “rights” thing a bit bizarre: because we’re not in India we’re not supposed to have access to it – despite the fact our blogs probably get read by more people from abroad than in our home nations. Recently, a book I badly wanted was published in the US eight months before the UK. I was even blocked from downloading it to Kindle because I didn’t have a US postal address. So I ordered the US version from my local bookshop. It arrived from the US four days later, and the only difference was a couple of pounds extra for trans-Atlantic postage. Surely this makes the whole global rights thing a farce.


    • Try working in a bookshop and having to explain to someone what an indent title is, and just why Random House Australia don’t keep copies of their books in their Australian warehouses, even though I can get it from my US supplier faster and easier. *facepalm*

      Also, I just mistyped “bookshop” as “bookship”. I wish I worked in a bookship. :-(


      • Oh, yes, I’ll happily cruise along too LOL


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