Booker: a changing of the guard?

<p>Just had a quick glance at the Booker longlist. My first impressions are it's a bit thin on big names, with only AN Wilson and Ian McEwan (already the bookies favourite) having genuine cut-though, and that in business terms, it's something of a triumph for Random House with four authors listed.&nbsp; Also sure to catch the attention is little-known indie Myrmidon, on the list with <em>The gift of Rain</em> by Tan Twan Eng, one of four debut novelists in total.<br />
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A changing of the guard?<br />
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At 13 the list is more manageable than the old 20-odd and it will be interesting to see if a more focused list will benefit retailers. Certainly, we understand that one major supermarket is planning a major promotion at shortlisting in September . . .</p>
<p>The Bookseller has already interviewed two of the longlisted authors:</p>
<p><a href="http://www.thebookseller.com/books/author-profiles/40021-nikita-lalwani-... Lalwani</a></p>
<p>And,</p>
<p><a href="http://www.thebookseller.com/books/author-profiles/32787-peter-ho-davies... Ho Davies</a></p>