And so the day that the 2010 Booker Prize is announced comes around again. A day spent trying to imagine what the judges might be thinking and impotently campaigning for one’s favourite(s). I have read two of them – Room by Emma Donoghue and In a Strange Room by Damon Galgut – and although they are about as different as two works of fiction can get, I enjoyed each one tremendously and they have a common theme on inter-personal relationships as they develop in unusual situations.
Reading the books, however, has never been a pre-requisite for talking about the Booker Prize, so here are my thoughts on the chances of each title.
sales figures it is a clear winner regardless of what happens tonight. It is a powerful and compelling story, and given the preponderance of plot driven novels on the longlist it would seem that readability is something the judges prize highly. However, while I would be very happy to see it win, I suspect its best chance is as a compromise.
said about each of the books this seems very possible) then I suspect it will win.
The BBC Review Show panel were split between Tom McCarthy’s C, The Finkler Question by Howard Jacobson and In a Strange Room by Damon Galgut although I’d be surprised if Jacobson is in with a realistic chance.
The village of Comrie in Perthshire went for Room by Emma Donoghue in a BBC Culture Show special.
My heart says In a Strange Room by Damon Galgut would be a wonderful and deserved winner and my head thinks it is in with a chance. My guess is that it will be a battle between Galgut and McCarthy, but that could also open it up for a compromise vote, from which either Donoghue, Carey or Levy could benefit.
GET OFF THE FENCE!
Oh, okay. C will triumph, but that probably kills its chances! In the 6 years that I have been trying to predict it, I have never once been correct.
So what will?
You tell me.