Man Booker Longlist Announced, But Several of the Nominees Unavailable in the States
Clearly, publishing is living on a small asteroid several lightyears from the global village. In fact, they may not even realize we’re out here. Quick, someone launch a SETI program to reach these extraterrestrials. Where is Carl Sagan when you need him?
The Teleportation Accident by Ned Beauman (Sceptre)
The Garden of Evening Mists by Tan Twan Eng (Myrmidon Books)
The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce (Doubleday)
Swimming Home by Deborah Levy (And Other Stories)
Bring up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel (Fourth Estate)
The Lighthouse by Alison Moore (Salt)
Umbrella by Will Self (Bloomsbury)
Narcopolis by Jeet Thayil (Faber & Faber)
Communion Town by Sam Thompson (Fourth Estate)
This Just In: The Dan Campbell Report
Dan says: I did call Amazon last year about downloading books from their U.K. site. The first guy I spoke to seemed totally mystified as to why I would even want to do that. I hung up on him. The second guy said there was no way I could do that. I didn’t hang up on him. The third guy said I could but, that I would then have to reset my settings to actually read it, although he wasn’t sure why. I didn’t hang up on him. The 4th guy said I could, but said I would pay much more for it since I would have to pay the equivalent in English pounds. As you know, the rate is not in our favour….(did you like the English spelling?) I called the 5th guy. He said it couldn’t be done. And then he said it was kind of weird because several of his “call-buddies” had recieved a number of calls about this very same question.
Needless to say, I hung up on him.
- Booker prize longlist 2012: what do you think? (guardian.co.uk)