Not my favourite prize – sadly one of those bit the dust earlier this year when Costa withdrew their sponsorship – but I can’t resist posting some wishes for the Booker longlist, keen to give some more neglected titles an airing even though they’re unlikely to make the judges’ grade.
To be eligible for the prize all books must be published in the UK between October 1st 2021 and 30th September 2022 and have been written in English. The judges usually stick to twelve although sometimes stretch to thirteen. Their list will be revealed on Tuesday, 26th July but here’s mine – wishes not predictions, see above – in no particular order, with links to my reviews.
It’s quite possible that I’ll 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? Tough decision but it would be a toss-up between Burntcoat, Fight Night, Shrines of Gaiety and The Queen of Dirt Island.
What about you? What would you like to see on the list, and what do you think the judges will plump for?