The Man Booker Prize Longlist is announced on the 23 July 2014. I can’t say that I am a big fan of the Man Booker Prize as many of them seems arid and uninteresting; so for many years I have not attempt to read the shortlists nor the winners.
2014 is the first year of the new rules, which will see the prize opened up to writers of any nationality, writing originally in English, for novels published in the UK by an established imprint between 1 October 2013 and 30 September 2014. The expanded prize will recognise, celebrate and embrace authors of literary fiction writing in English, whether from Chicago, Sheffield or Shanghai. Looking at this year’s longlist, I am right to say that this is not a list that the judges want you to have your opinion on as most of them are published very close to the shortlist announcement in September 2014 and it would take even longer for my local library to be able to stock most of them in time.
Many book bloggers in the community do like to read ahead of the judges decision, not so much that we want to score one up with the bookies but have the pure pleasure of predicting the right shortlist and eventually the winner, in addition to having an appreciation of why the judges select some of them to go through the second round. I am fortunately to have 4 out of the 13 longlists and would like to read some of them if my work schedule permits.
- To Rise Again at a Decent Hour, Joshua Ferris (Viking) – I have a copy
- The Narrow Road to the Deep North, Richard Flanagan (Chatto & Windus) – I have a copy
- We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves, Karen Joy Fowler (Serpent’s Tail) – I have a copy
- The Blazing World, Siri Hustvedt (Sceptre) – I have a copy
- J, Howard Jacobson (Jonathan Cape)
- The Wake, Paul Kingsnorth (Unbound)
- The Bone Clocks, David Mitchell (Sceptre) – published in 2 Sept 2014
- The Lives of Others, Neel Mukherjee (Chatto & Windus) – I have a copy
- Us, David Nicholls (Hodder & Stoughton) – published in 30 Sept 2014
- The Dog, Joseph O’Neill (Fourth Estate)
- Orfeo, Richard Powers (Atlantic Books)
- How to be Both, Ali Smith (Hamish Hamilton) – published in 4 Sept 2014
- History of the Rain, Niall Williams (Bloomsbury)