As the only working reporter among the ornithological sect, my fax machine frequently rings with the latest news from the world of books. As such, let me be the first to alert you that the judging panel for the 2006 Man Booker Prize for Fiction has announced the longlist of books for this year. The Booker prize — no relation to Booker the Book Bus — is among the most prestigious in the world. A reader could do worse than spend a year plowing through past winning titles.
Without further delay — I know many of you are itching to start organizing the office pool — the longlist for the Man Booker Prize for Fiction 2006 (and links, where applicable):