July 25, 2018

The Man Booker Prize longlist has been announced!


Sound the trumpets: the folks behind the Man Booker Prize have announced this year’s longlist on their website. The list is comprised of thirteen books, and includes some firsts: first nominated book published in Ireland, as well as the first graphic novel to be nominated. Also of note on the list is recent Golden Booker winner Michael Ondaatje, for his latest novel Warlight.

The full longlist:

Snap by Belinda Bauer (UK)

Milkman by Anna Burns (UK)

Sabrina by Nick Drnaso (US)

Washington Black by Esi Edugyan (Canada)

In Our Mad and Furious City by Guy Gunaratne (UK)

Everything Under by Daisy Johnson (UK)

The Mars Room by Rachel Kushner (US)

The Water Cure by Sophie Mackintosh (UK)

Warlight by Michael Ondaatje (Canada)

The Overstory by Richard Powers (US)

The Long Take by Robin Robertson (UK)

Normal People by Sally Rooney (Ireland)

From a Low and Quiet Sea by Donal Ryan (Ireland)

The list was determined by a panel of five judges: philosopher Kwame Anthony Appiah, crime writer Val McDermid, cultural critic Leo Robson, feminist writer and critic Jacqueline Rose, and artist and graphic novelist Leanne Shapton. In a statement about the selection, Appiah, who chairs the panel, said:  

“Perhaps unsurprisingly, given the times, there were many dystopian fictions on our bookshelf — and many novels we found inspirational as well as disturbing. Some of those we have chosen for this longlist feel urgent and topical, others might have been admired and enjoyed in any year. All of these books—which take in slavery, ecology, missing persons, inner-city violence, young love, prisons, trauma, race—capture something about a world on the brink. Among their many remarkable qualities is a willingness to take risks with form. And we were struck, overall, by their disruptive power: these novels disrupted the way we thought about things we knew about, and made us think about things we didn’t know about. Still, despite what they have in common, every one of these books is wildly distinctive. It’s been an exhilarating journey so far and we’re looking forward to reading them again. But now we’ll have thousands and thousands of people reading along with us.”

The thirteen nominees were culled from 171 submissions. A six-book shortlist is expected on September 20th. The final winner, who will collect £50,000 (about $65,510), is scheduled to be announced October 16th.



Stephanie DeLuca is the director of publicity at Melville House.