The Man Booker Prize longlist has been announced. 13 books, published in the UK between 1st October 2016 and 31st September 2017. Writers of any nationality are allowed, it’s the publication in the UK that is the defining criteria, and it must be written in English (there’s an international prize for translations).
I’ve only read one of the thirteen book, Jon McGregor’s Reservoir 13 and I really disliked it! Here’s my review if you wish to see what a literary dunce thinks of it.
I’m sad that one of my favourite books of the year, The Power by Naomi Alderman, is not on the list. (review)
I have a copy of 2017 Pulitzer prize winning Colson Whitehead’s The Underground Railroad staring at me because it’s the September book for a book club I’m in. It looks soooo good. I can’t wait to read it.
Hopefully I’ll get time to read a few of the others too. Looking at these short descriptions I really want to read Solar Bones by Mike McCormack. It’s one sentence?! I need to see this. I think I’d like to read Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders too. Finally, Autumn by Ali Smith is another I want to read. It’s the first in a series of four books named after the seasons. It’s about life in post-brexit Britain – maybe it will be too painful! I’ve read Ali Smith before: How to be Both and it was one of my early reviews!
The short list will be announced on 13th September.
Here’s the full list:
Title Author (nationality) (imprint)
4 3 2 1 by Paul Auster (US) (Faber & Faber)
Days Without End by Sebastian Barry (Ireland) (Faber & Faber)
History of Wolves by Emily Fridlund (US) (Weidenfeld & Nicolson)
Exit West by Mohsin Hamid (Pakistan-UK) (Hamish Hamilton)
Solar Bones by Mike McCormack (Ireland) (Canongate)
Reservoir 13 by Jon McGregor (UK) (4th Estate)
Elmet by Fiona Mozley (UK) (JM Originals)
The Ministry Of Utmost Happiness by Arundhati Roy (India) (Hamish Hamilton)
Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders (US) (Bloomsbury)
Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie (UK-Pakistan) (Bloomsbury)
Autumn by Ali Smith (UK) (Hamish Hamilton)
Swing Time by Zadie Smith (UK) (Hamish Hamilton)
The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead (US) (Fleet)