Man Booker UK Longlist 2017 | Thoughts

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A Thursday blog post?


Since beginning my work in a local book shop, I’ve seen books on the other side of the door, with the likes of marketing and what’s selling and when.

Particulary keeping on top of book prizes.

Hence my blog post for today.

A little bit of info about the Man Book Prize – The prize, which launched in 1969, aims to promote the finest in fiction by rewarding the best novel of the year written in English and published in the United Kingdom. To maintain the consistent excellence of The Man Booker Prize, judges are chosen from a wide range of disciplines, including critics, writers and academics, but also poets, politicians and actors, all with a passion for quality fiction. 

The longlist, or ‘Man Booker Dozen’, for the £50,000 Man Booker Prize was announced today – 27th July 2017.

This year’s longlist of 13 books was selected by a panel of five judges: Baroness Lola Young (Chair); literary critic, Lila Azam Zanganeh; Man Booker Prize shortlisted novelist, Sarah Hall; artist, Tom Phillips CBE RA; and travel writer, Colin Thubron CBE.

The list was chosen from 144 submissions published in the UK between 1 October 2016 and 30 September 2017.

The Man Booker Prize for Fiction, first awarded in 1969, is open to writers of any nationality, writing in English and published in the UK.

The 2017 longlist, or Man Booker ‘Dozen’, of 13 novels, is:

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)


Can I just put my hand up here and say that I’ve read none of these books – sorry!

7 of them I have heard of and have had discussions with others about how good they are and when they’d be published in paperback. Or I’ve seen them on Twitter and Instagram and the following behind them.

The Underground Railroad has done well since published, winning numerous prizes, including #1 New York Times Bestseller and book of the year.

Zadie Smith’s Swing Time has also been doing well, with numerous reviews and marketing on social media, this book was well received.

I’ve recently heard good things about Days Without End and it was the winner of the Costa Book of the Year prize in 2016. This book has been added to my ever growing TBR!

All these books are diverse in themes and covers and will prove difficult to narrow it dow to a winner.

The shortlist will be announced on the 13th of September – who do you think will make the final 6?

Let me know in the comments below what you think of the longlist and who you think will be on the shortlist. Have you read any of these books or will you be adding them to your TBR?

Please note that the image and information was taken from The Man Booker Prize website, which can be found here.



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