The 2019 Booker Prize longlist has been announced. From a list of amazing 151 books published in UK and Ireland between October 1, 2018 and September 30, 2018, 13 were longlisted. Most of the authors, which include literary veterans and younger writers, are multiple award winners.
The Testaments by Margaret Atwood. The Testament is the yet to be released sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale which has been made television series. Her book Blind Assasin won the Booker Prize in 2000.
Night Boat to Tangier by Kevin Barry. His novel Beatlebone won the Goldsmiths Prize in 2015.
Ducks, Newburyport by Lucy Ellmann. Her fourth novel Dot in the Universe was longlisted for the Orange Prize in 2003.
Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo. This was shortlisted for the Gordon Burn Prize 2019.
The Wall by John Lanchester
The Man Who Saw Everything by Deborah Levy. Her collection of stories, Swimming Home and Other Stories, was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize in 2012. In 2016, she was on the shortlist again for Hot Milk.
Lost Children Archive by Valeria Luiselli. Was longlisted for the Women’s prize 2019.
Lanny by Max Porter. His book Grief is the Thing with Feathers was shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award.
Quichotte by Salman Rushdie. His second novel Midnight’s Children won the Booker Prize in 1981.
10 Minutes 38 Seconds in This Strange World by Elif Shafak. Her book Honour was longlisted for the Women’s Prize in 2013.
Frankissstein by Jeanette Winterson. Her first novel, Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit won the Whitbread Prize in 1985.
These incredible books were selected by a panel of 5 judges which include Peter Florence (Chair), Liz Calder, Xiaolu Guo, Afua Hirsch and Joanna MacGregor.
Peter Florence had this to say about the 2019 Booker Prize longlist:
“If you only read one book this year, make a leap. Read all 13 of these. There are Nobel candidates and debutants on this list. There are no favourites; they are all credible winners. They imagine our world, familiar from news cycle disaster and grievance, with wild humour, deep insight and a keen humanity. These writers offer joy and hope. They celebrate the rich complexity of English as a global language. They are exacting, enlightening and entertaining. Really – read all of them.”
The 2019 Booker Prize longlist would be narrowed down to a shortlist which would be announced on Tuesday, September 3, 2019.