Take a look at the titles on the Booker Prize Longlist
The Booker Longlist has just been announced and the titles that feature are an exciting, eclectic mix, as we've come to expect. You can find out a bit more about them here:
Days Without End – Sebastian Barry
Already the winner of the 2016 Costa Book of the Year, Sebastian Barry’s Days Without End is a story of brothers-in-arms aged seventeen in the 1850s, who fight in the Indian Wars and the Civil War. Robert McCrum for the Observer called it “the outstanding novel of the year.” Why not see for yourself?
Days Without End is available for purchase here.
Swing Time – Zadie Smith
“Superb”, “Breathtaking”, “Brilliant”. These are just a sample of what critics are saying about the acclaimed novel Swing Time by Zadie Smith. Set in London, New York and West Africa, it is about girls who dream of becoming dancers. One has talent, but the other has ideas that have taken her very far. See what the Los Angeles Times has described as “A thrilling, multi-layered tour de force”.
Swing Time is available for purchase here.
Autumn – Ali Smith
Ali Smith is no stranger to the Booker Prize, having multiple novels shortlisted in the past. Here we have the first part in a seasonal quartet, a story about ageing and time and love and stories themselves. “Compelling, audacious. Brims with palpable joy” according to the Daily Telegraph.
Autumn is available for purchase here.
The Ministry of Utmost Happiness – Arundhati Roy
Arundhati Roy already won a Booker Prize in 1997 for The God of Small Things, and there’s a chance she could do it again 20 years later. The Ministry of Utmost Happiness takes us on a journey of many years; it is at once an aching love story and a decisive remonstration.
The Ministry of Utmost Happiness is available for purchase here.
Reservoir 13 – Jon McGregor
“Quite extraordinary – the way it’s structured, the way it rolls, the skill with which McGregor lets the characters breathe and age’ – Roddy Doyle. Reservoir 13 tells the story of many lives haunted by one family’s loss.
Reservoir 13 is available for purchase here.
4 3 2 1 – Paul Auster
Here we have what’s being called Paul Auster’s “most provocative, most heartbreaking, most satisfying work.” 4 3 2 1 is the story of four parallel lives of the same person. All stories start with his birth in 1947, but fork out into entirely different lives.
4 3 2 1 is available for purchase here.
Exit West – Mohsin Hamid
Another author who has been previously shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize in 2007 for The Reluctant Fundamentalist. Exit West is a love story from the eye of the storm, a song of hope and compassion. In a city swollen by refugees but still mostly at peace.
Exit West is available for purchase here.
Lincoln in the Bardo – George Saunders
Fellow Booker Prize nominee Zadie Smith has called George Saunders “A morally passionate, serious writer… He will be read long after these times have passed”. In February 1862, President Lincoln’s eleven-year-old son dies and finds himself trapped in a transitional realm named the bardo.
Lincoln in the Bardo is available for purchase here.
Home Fire – Kamila Shamsie
Home Fire has yet to be released but its nomination has certainly built up a buzz around this novel. A contemporary reimagining of Sophocles' Antigone, of which Peter Carey says: “Home Fire left me awestruck, shaken, on the edge of my chair, filled with admiration for her courage and ambition. Recommended reading for prime ministers and presidents everywhere”.
Home Fire releases on 15th August and is available to pre-order here.
Dates for your diary:
- Booker Shortlist (of six) announced on Wednesday 13th September.
- Booker Winner announced at London's Guildhall on Tuesday 17th October.