Another year, another Booker Prize longlist in the offing although this year has been far from normal both in the book world and beyond with titles bouncing around the publishing schedules like tennis balls thanks to the pandemic. I’d half expected a postponement of the longlist announcement but the Booker brigade seem to be sticking to their guns.
Regular readers will know that any similarity between my wish list and the judges’ longlist is likely to be entirely coincidental. To be eligible for the prize all books must be published in the UK between October 1st 2019 and 30th September 2020 and have been written in English. The judges usually stick to twelve although they sometimes stretch to thirteen so I have, too. Their list will be revealed on Tuesday, 28th July but here’s mine – wishes not predictions, see above – in no particular order, with links to my reviews for all but Summerwater, Strange Flowers and The Harpy, read but yet to be reviewed.
Shuggie Bain Strange Flowers Summerwater
I may well read a gem I’d loved to have included here published before mid-September when the shortlist is announced but I’m sticking to the tried and tested. And if I had to choose one? Impossible this year.
What about you? What would you like to see on the list, and what do you think the judges will plump for?