The Man Booker Prize Longlist is here.

Guys, I am so excited for the longlist to be finally here. I do love awards and especially the months leading up to them with first the longlist and then she shortlist and everybody talking about the same books.

The 2017 longlist:

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 Publishing)
Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie (UK-Pakistan) (Bloomsbury Circus)
Autumn by Ali Smith (UK) (Hamish Hamilton)
Swing Time by Zadie Smith (UK) (Hamish Hamilton)
The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead (US) (Fleet)

Unlike last year I have heard of nearly all the books, have read a couple, and have some on my TBR. I am both excited by this and a bit dissappointed because I was hoping for a bit more obscure authors and books to be on it to be discovered in the next few weeks.

Books I have read and reviewed:

4 3 2 1 by Paul Auster (US) (Faber & Faber)

I really enjoyed this. For a book this long it is surprisingly not indulgent but every scene feels necessary. It is a book that has stayed with me since I read it in the beginning of the year. I have already pre-ordered the paperback and have gifted the hardback to my stepmother. So yes, I adore this and am glad it is nominated. You can find my review here.

Swing Time by Zadie Smith (UK) (Hamish Hamilton)

I am a bit more ambivalent when it comes to this book. I adored parts but others felt like they would never end. The unnamed protagonist and her lack of personality drove me a bit up the walls, while Zadie Smith’s unflinchingly honest way of describing the world is beyond genius. You can find my review here.

Currently reading:

The Ministry Of Utmost Happiness by Arundhati Roy (India) (Hamish Hamilton)

I have been reading this book for what feels like months (it has actually been months) and I haven’t made nearly no headway. I don’t know what it is but there is always another book calling my name that I am more excited about. Maybe the nomination will give me the kick I need to finally finish it.

Books that have been on my list for while:

Exit West by Mohsin Hamid (Pakistan-UK) (Hamish Hamilton)

Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders (US) (Bloomsbury Publishing)

Autumn by Ali Smith (UK) (Hamish Hamilton)

The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead (US) (Fleet)

So, yes I am excited for this longlist and for quite a few of the books. I seems to be an awesome mix of different genres and viewpoints and I am there for this.

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5 thoughts on “The Man Booker Prize Longlist is here.

  1. I’m so excited that the list is finally out. I’ve only read Exit West and Lincoln so far, but a lot of the others have been on my radar for a while. And I hadn’t heard of Solar Bones, but it sounds fascinating, so I hope to read that one soon!

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      1. I’m torn between trying to attempt the longlist and just waiting for the shortlist to be announced before I dive in… that would probably be more manageable, but so many of them sound amazing, I don’t want to miss out on anything.

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      2. I think I’ll get started on the longlist with the books I’m absolutely excited about and then see if I finish the shortlist. Last year I left it too late and didn’t manage to finish many. I want to avoid that this year.

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