Not my favourite prize but I seem unable to resist putting together a wish list for the Booker, quite possibly because I know very few will be fulfilled but I’m keen to give some more neglected titles an airing even though they’re unlikely to have been nominated let alone make the judges’ grade.
To be eligible for the prize all books must be written in English and published in the UK between 1st October 2022 and 30th September 2023. The judges usually stick to twelve although sometimes stretch to thirteen. Their list will be revealed on Tuesday 1st August but here’s mine – wishes not predictions, see above – in no particular order, with links to my reviews for all but Though the Bodies Fall and Prophet Song, to be reviewed nearer publication date.
Several of these stand no hope whatsoever, although I think they should. It’s quite possible that I’ll read a gem I’d loved to have included here 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 as ever but it would be a tossup between Small Worlds and Old God’s Time. The eagle-eyed amongst you might have noticed that half my titles are Irish.
What about you? What would you like to see on the list, and what do you think the judges will plump for?