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The Man Booker Prize 2017 Longlist

BookStackThis year’s ‘Man Booker Dozen’, the 13 novels on the longlist for the Man Booker Prize has been announced.

It’s an exciting list. Previous winner Arundhati Roy is there with her long awaited second novel. There are well known names -Ali Smith, Zadie Smithand Sebastian Barry. Three are debut novels:  Elmet by Fiona Mozley, History of Wolves by Emily Fridlund, and Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders.  

The judges said ”‘Only when we’d finally selected our 13 novels did we fully realise the huge energy, imagination and variety in them as a group.  The longlist showcases a diverse spectrum — not only of voices and literary styles but of protagonists too, in their culture, age and gender.  Nevertheless we found there was a spirit common to all these novels: though their subject matter might be turbulent, their power and range were life-affirming – a tonic for our times.”

We have seven of the thirteen in stock in our libraries and of course we will buy any title we don’t have if you place a request for it. We have also just added Sebastian Barry’s book Days without end to our Reader Group sets. The shortlist will be announced on  13 September.

The full list:

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)

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