Well, we could send you to additional Booker coverage at Telegraph or at the Independent or at the Irish Examiner or at the Financial Times or at the Scotsman or this John Sutherland interview (pick Wednesday; thanks Andie Miller!) but everyone else probably has those same links, and who needs those guys when we've got MOTEV, who shared her take on this year's round of nominations.
TEV: So, did you see the Booker long list was out?
TEV: And what did you think of it?
MOTEV: (sniffs) All known names.
TEV: Is that good or bad?
MOTEV: (an unusually long pause, during which we imagine eyes to be narrowing) You're not MOTEVing me?
TEV: Of course not. How can I "MOTEV" you? MOTEV's not a verb.
MOTEV: Are you lying?
TEV: (pause) Maybe a little.
MOTEV: (weary sigh) I think it's not very good. It's somehow always the same people … and now I'm self-conscious because you're typing.
TEV: You’ve never been self conscious before.
MOTEV: I've never been used before. (sighs) This was my thought: it would be nice to see another name there for a change. And I have a problem with this Commonwealth thing or with English writers thing which brought to my mind that many of these writers are not English, so I don't know, what is the definition today of "English literature"? Is the language it's written in, is it geography where the writer lives? Where does it come from?
TEV: An excellent question and I have no idea. Colonies, it's all about colonies. What do you think about the Saturday nod?
MOTEV: I told you when I read it that I didn't dislike that book.
TEV: Have you read any of the others? The Ishiguro?
MOTEV: Which is that?
TEV: Never Let Me Go.
MOTEV: No. Which are the others?
TEV: If you read my site once in a while, you'd know.
MOTEV: I didn't read your site Why don't you email it to me?
TEV: Banville is on it. Coetzee is on it, Zadie Smith is on it.
MOTEV: With what?
TEV: On Beauty. It's not out yet
MOTEV: Then how can she be on it?
TEV: That's another excellent question. Obviously, they get early copies.
MOTEV: I don't think that's fair.
TEV: Welcome to my world. And Ali Smith – you liked Hotel World, didn't you?
MOTEV: Yes, I did, I really did. I think it was original, it grabbed me, it stayed with me.
TEV: So, it's early but do you want to handicap the winner yet?
MOTEV: I would need a little more time for that … and I don't know the works … how would I do that?
TEV: That doesn't stop most of the pundits.
MOTEV: I'm not like most of the pundits
TEV: Well I'll send you the list, and you can come back with your predictions.
(To be continued … )