Stop – Booker time.

It’s the 3rd of August already, and I still haven’t written anything about the Man Booker Prize long list. Mainly because I’m not really that interested in it this year – I can’t remember a less inspiring collection. Saying that though, it’s always good to see a healthy spread of independent publishers on the list. The Independent was first to the gate with its semi-patronising article about the disparity between the small, Dingwall-based publisher Sandstone Press and the major London conglomerates, and if any of the more unexpected titles make it to the short list we’re guaranteed to see more of the same.

It’s my loss I’m sure, but I haven’t read anything on the list yet. I’d like to read the Hollinghurst, maybe, but everything else looks a bit tame or conventional, and I’m not really in the mood for either. Let’s wait and see what the short list throws up.

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