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The Longlist is here! The Longlist is here!

No total left field picks this year … Nicole’s strategy backfired and I’m completely gutted to see that On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous didn’t make the list.

Booker Prize 2019: the longlist

Margaret Atwood (Canada) – The Testaments (Vintage, Chatto & Windus)

Kevin Barry (Ireland) – Night Boat to Tangier (Canongate Books)

Oyinkan Braithwaite (UK/Nigeria) – My Sister, The Serial Killer (Atlantic Books)

Lucy Ellmann (USA/UK) – Ducks, Newburyport (Galley Beggar Press)

Bernardine Evaristo (UK) – Girl, Woman, Other (Hamish Hamilton)

John Lanchester (UK) – The Wall (Faber & Faber)

Deborah Levy (UK) – The Man Who Saw Everything (Hamish Hamilton)

Valeria Luiselli (Mexico/Italy) – Lost Children Archive (4th Estate)

Chigozie Obioma (Nigeria) – An Orchestra of Minorities (Little Brown)

Max Porter (UK) – Lanny (Faber & Faber)

Salman Rushdie (UK/India) – Quichotte (Jonathan Cape)

Elif Shafak (UK/Turkey) – 10 Minutes 38 Seconds in This Strange World (Viking)

Jeanette Winterson (UK) – Frankissstein (Jonathan Cape)


So how did we do with our predictions?

Jen got 5

Book Worm got 2

Tracy got 4

Susie got 4

Anita with 6 (nicely done!)

Lisa got 1

Nicole got 5

Which books are you most excited to read?


8 Comments Post a comment
  1. I’m so disappointed about Gorgeous that I can hardly muster any excitement. I’d love to read The Testaments but haven’t been able to get my hands on it. Very excited about the Levy, I love her, and would love to get my hands on 10 minutes, 38 seconds, but not sure I’m willing to pay UK price for it. We’ll see.

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    July 23, 2019
  2. I’m glad to see that the suggested US titles did not, after all, swamp the list. A nice mix of world writers. And I’m delighted that Black Leopard didn’t make the cut. I’m intrigued by the Lucy Ellmann Ducks etc. but doubt I will get to read it. Looking forward to other reader’s verdicts on this one. That’s why I am such a fan of the Readers Room!

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    July 24, 2019
  3. Tessa Bartels #

    Surprised to see “My Sister the Serial Killer” on the list. But I DID rate it 4****.

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    July 24, 2019
  4. mootastic1 #

    After everything I’ve heard about the Vuong, I was so disappointed it didn’t make the list. Guess it’s time to start adding these to my TBR and seeing what I can get.

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    July 24, 2019
  5. I haven’t read any of them although I do have My Sister, The Serial Killer in my TBR pile so will definitely try to read that. I haven’t read anything by Deborah Levy but I quite like the sound of The Man Who Saw Everything. I read Three Daughters of Eve by Elif Shafak and although I didn’t love it as much as others I’d be interested to read this latest one.


    July 24, 2019
  6. Lynsey #

    I loved My Sister the Serial Killer, but was surprised to see it on this list. It will not make the short list. Lost Children Archive should make it onto the short list. It was extraordinary! I’ll for sure read The Testaments when it comes out and also hope to get to An Orchestra of Minorities.

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    July 25, 2019
  7. The Bobosphere #

    I’m really happy with the list. I’ve already read three and liked them. i’m looking forward to the remaining ones

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    July 25, 2019
  8. Book Worm #

    Looking forward to tackling all of these


    July 25, 2019

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