August 12, 2005



My first delight of the day. Yay MOTEV, and more, please.

(And I want that Zadie Smith book.)

Jimmy Beck

You sneaky little MOTEVer, you. To your own mother you do this? Oy.


Whenever I see MOTEV's face in that right-hand corner, I get a little charge of pleasure. It's downright Pavlovian.


Three cheers for MOTEV! I like her honesty and thoughtful questions. But, Mark, the jig is up. She's on to you and your MOTEVing--But I liked your response:)

But I do have to agree, it's often difficult to get a good sense of who really is the best candidate since many of the books do tend to be sent out to reviewers and the like--the general readership isn't privy to things that are being voted on and that makes the list a bit frustrating to read.

I look forward to more MOTEV.


Long live MOTEV! EVERYTHING seems a little fishy these days.


MOTEV needs her own blog. And I want the Zadie SMith book, too.


My first comment here! And how lucky that it's in response to such grand MOTEVery. I look forward to more. Yaay for Mom!

P.S. Ishiguro's new one is first on my list to read, followed by Z. Smith's.

Dave Worsley

Perhaps I missed something. Has MOTEV any strong feelings on one J. Banville?
I lament that Jonathan Coe isn't on the list, but I'm also looking forward to Zadie Smith.


There is more than one brand new name on that list - Marina Lewycka for a start, and the author I am reading right now, Tash Aw. I can't quite see The Harmony Silk Factory going all the way, but for a first novel, it is pretty special.


Every day when I read this blog, I'm hoping it's a MOTEV day. I'm feeling good and lucky right now.

MJ Rose

Definately More Motev!!!

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