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In Literature on February 2, 2010 at 8:50 am

A Booker Prize for Patrick White? Forty years after its publication, his novel, The Vivisector, has been longlisted for a one-off “Lost Booker”.

The award aims to commemorate the works that missed out in 1970 after changes to the Man Booker Prize rules. A panel of three judges will select a shortlist of six from the longlist, to be announced in March, and the reading public will decide the winner by voting on the Man Booker website. The longlist includes another Australian author, Shirley Hazzard, for her novel, The Bay Of Noon.

The longlist…

Brian Aldiss, The Hand Reared Boy
HE Bates, A Little Of What You Fancy?
Nina Bawden, The Birds On The Trees
Melvyn Bragg, A Place In England
Christy Brown, Down All The Days
Len Deighton, Bomber
JG Farrell, Troubles
Elaine Feinstein, The Circle
Shirley Hazzard, The Bay Of Noon
Reginald Hill, A Clubbable Woman
Susan Hill, I’m The King Of The Castle
Francis King, A Domestic Animal
Margaret Laurence, The Fire Dwellers
David Lodge, Out Of The Shelter
Iris Murdoch, A Fairly Honourable Defeat
Shiva Naipaul, Fireflies
Patrick O’Brian, Master and Commander
Joe Orton, Head To Toe
Mary Renault, Fire From Heaven
Ruth Rendell, A Guilty Thing Surprised
Muriel Spark, The Driver’s Seat
Patrick White, The Vivisector

  1. Fascinating list. Is Patrick O’Brian really in the same class as White, Hazzard and co? Is Deighton too? Must admit I haven’t read either of them but I thought there was a reason for that. Am I wrong?

  2. Indeed, I also had to question the inclusion of Ruth Rendell on the longlist!
    I look forward to the announcement of the shortlist.

  3. Yes, her too!! It will be interesting to see – and hopefully one we’ll approve of!

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