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Reviews in the LRB of novels on the Man Booker Prize shortlist:
Colin Burrow on Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel
Thomas Jones on The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters

Coming soon:
Frank Kermode on Summertime by J.M. Coetzee
James Wood on The Children’s Book by A.S. Byatt

Reviews of books on the longlist that didn’t make the shortlist, though one of them surely should have:
Liam McIlvanney on Brooklyn by Colm Tóibín
Michael Newton on Me Cheeta by James Lever

Pieces in the paper by Mantel and Tóibín.

Comments on “Booker Biz”

  1. Thomas Jones says:

    In case you’ve ever wondered how to pronounce Coetzee’s name:
    (In short, it’s two syllables, not three.)

  2. Martin says:

    I was at school with JMC’s son, Nicholas. On the first occasion a particular English master who was from the UK was calling out the roster, he said ‘Co-et-zee’ which met first with a stunned silence then gales of laughter. We were all arrogant little twerps who also mocked him for talking about PW Boh-th-uh rather than Boo(r)t-uh. The fact that we couldn’t pronounce 95% of our compatriots’ (misnomer, if ever there were one) names escaped us entirely. We happily pronounced ‘Radebe’ with an ‘R’ instead of ‘Chadebe’ as in loCH or CHania and ‘Phumza’ as ‘Foomza’ instead of ‘Poomza’. And, anyway, Phumza invaribly made it much easier for us by giving us her Christian name, ‘Grace’ or ‘Patience’.

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