The Man Booker Prize Longlist 2017

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) (4
th 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)

What are your thoughts on the longlist? Tell me in the comments!

6 thoughts on “The Man Booker Prize Longlist 2017

  1. Claire 'Word by Word'

    Lots of familiar names this year, nothing that really jumps off the list and makes me want to read it immediately, but it did make me pick up and start reading Zadie Smith’s Swing Time which I already had on the shelf and I’m actually really enjoying it, more than I expected, I liked NW, but it’s cleverness got a little in the way of the story, Swing Time has insightful characters and is an interesting commentary on our time, I hope it makes the shortlist.

    Interesting that you didn’t love Resevoir 13, I’ve seen lots of positive reviews but hesitated, I like some lyrical nature writing, but it tends not to be the British, white, male variety, I’m more into Rebecca Solnit, Terry Tempest Williams, Kathleen Jamie, Annie Dillard, their writing is uplifting and though provoking.

    I’m intrigued by Kamila Shamsie though I’ve not read her before, I’ll definitely read the Underground Railroad eventually and Solar Bones sounds interesting to me too. Unlikely to read too many right now though as August is #WITMonth, time to read Women in Translation!

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