Tuesday, 11 September 2012

THE LIGHTHOUSE - MAN BOOKER SHORTLIST

The Lighthouse (Salt) by Alison Moore has made the Man Booker shortlist today. Wonderful news for Salt's Jen and Chris Hamilton-Emery, Nicholas Royle, the commissioning editor, and, most of all, for Alison herself. It's always lovely to see a stablemate do so well.

I reviewed the novel here and there's an excellent article here 'Examining the books behind the 2012 Man Booker Prize Shortlist', on the numbers game that is the jury selection and shortlisting for this prize.

A small quote from the piece 'Examining the books behind the 2012 Man Booker Prize Shortlist':

'With the shortlist announcement the Man Booker Prize becomes, temporarily, a numbers game. Initially it is about threes: there are three women and three men on the list; three big publishers compete with three small ones; three of the novels have a historical setting. Then it is about twos: two debut novelists are shortlisted; one former winner plays off against one debut novelist; another writer wins their second nomination; two of the shortlistees are non British.'

4 comments:

Rachel Fenton said...

That's just brilliant!

WOMEN RULE WRITER said...

'Tis magic :)

WOMEN RULE WRITER said...

Actually, it gives me great hope, somehow. Renewed faith in the Man Booker.

Anna May said...

I'm just thrilled for her and bought the book today.
Thanks for the review, Nuala.

Anna May x