Except now the longlist is announced and the picture on here has become a bit of a tradition along with the Bookerthon, so I scurry round gathering in and find I have ten of the thirteen titles.
And I have been meaning to read a lot of them.
And a few I've started and been distracted from and thought I'd get back to them including most recently C by Tom McCarthy
And I had thought this Peter Carey might set me and Peter back on speaking terms again.
And I always love a good Howard Jacobson.
Oh alright then, I might, just one or two or thirteen or so.
But listen, ignore all that because far more exciting things are happening here in Devon because tomorrow is Barn Owl box day. Cometh the pole, cometh the machinery and eventually one hopes, cometh the Barn Owls anyway here's the full list.
Peter Carey Parrot and Olivier in America (Faber and Faber)
Emma Donoghue Room (Pan MacMillan - Picador)
Helen Dunmore The Betrayal (Penguin - Fig Tree)
Damon Galgut In a Strange Room (Grove Atlantic - Atlantic Books)
Howard Jacobson The Finkler Question (Bloomsbury)
Andrea Levy The Long Song
(Headline Publishing Group - Headline Review)
Tom McCarthy C (Random House - Jonathan Cape)
David Mitchell The Thousand Autumns of Zacob de Zoet (Hodder & Stoughton - Sceptre)
Lisa Moore February (Random House - Chatto & Windus)
Paul Murray Skippy Dies (Penguin - Hamish Hamilton)
Rose Tremain Trespass (Random House - Chatto & Windus)
Christos Tsiolkas The Slap (Grove Atlantic - Tuskar Rock)
Alan Warner The Stars in the Bright Sky
(Random House - Jonathan Cape)