Eclectic 2018 Man Booker Prize Longlist Announced

July 24, 2018 | 13 books mentioned 1 3 min read

The literary world was already a flutter with anticipation for the 2018 Man Booker Longlist announcement—and then The Guardian accidentally broke the embargo. Even though the article was promptly removed, the damage was already done (aka revealing the eclectic and unexpected list a day early).

In an effort to promote fiction, the Man Booker Prize is awarded to  “aims to promote the finest in fiction by rewarding the best novel of the year written in English and published in the United Kingdom.” In its 50th year, the longlist includes a few genre titles; two debut novelists (Sophie Macintosh and Guy Gunaratne); one previous Booker (and only Golden Booker) winner (Michael Ondaatje); and an emphasis on British and Irish authors.

Here’s the 2018 Man Booker longlist (which features many titles from our 2018 Great Book Preview) and applicable bonus links:

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Sabrina by Nick Drnaso
The Water Cure by Sophie Macintosh
The Mars Room by Rachel Kushner (Read our review)
Everything Under by Daisy Johnson
Snap by Belinda Bauer
Washington Black by Esi Edugyan
The Long Take by Robin Robertson
From a Low and Quiet Sea by Donal Ryan
In Our Mad and Furious City by Guy Gunaratne
Warlight by Michael Ondaatje (From our archives, a piece on attending an Ondaatje reading)
The Overstory by Richard Powers
Milkman by Anna Burns
Normal People by Sally Rooney (Rooney’s 2016 Year in Reading entry)

The Man Booker Prize shortlist will be announced on September 20th.

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One comment:

  1. I continue to believe that it was a mistake to allow American authors to participate in competition for the Booker (I am an American) and now I believe that it is a mistake to allow Graphic Novels to do the same (and I love comics and graphic novels). The Booker had set rules and provided a great reading list year after year given those rules. It was getting better and more inclusive all the time, and then it was ruined. And now that an American has actually won (which hadn’t happened for a few years after they were admitted) it can never be fixed.

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