July 28, 2022 · 18:47
Glory by NoViolet Bulawayo
Trust of Hernan Diaz
Trees of Percival Everett
Karen Joy Fowler Stand
Treacle Walker by Alan Garner
Shahana Karunatilak’s Maali Almeida’s Seven Months
Little things like these by Claire Keegan
A Case Study of Graham McRae Burnett
Audrey Magee Colony
Maps of our impressive bodies by Maddie Mortimer
Leila Motley’s Night Crawl
Selby Lynn Schwartz after Sappho
Oh William! by Elizabeth Strout
I guessed three out of 13 names correctly in my predictions post and I’m pleased to see Graham McRae Burnett’s case study on the long list. I’m looking forward to reading Faith by Hernan Diaz and The Colony by Audrey Magee, which were my other two predictions. I already picked up a copy of Karen Joy Fowler’s Booth from the library this week, a historical novel about the family of John Wilkes Booth, the man who shot and killed Abraham Lincoln.
Some of the recent Booker shortlists have been dominated by well-known authors – especially in 2019 and 2021 – while this year’s selection has had a few more surprises, with 87-year-old Alan Garner being nominated alongside 20-year-old Leila. Motley is the youngest person ever to be listed for her debut novel. I’ve heard unanimously positive reviews of Percival Everett’s The Trees, about a series of murders in a rural town in Mississippi, and Claire Keegan’s Small Things Like This, about what happened in the Magdalene Laundries in Ireland.
The shortlist will be announced on Tuesday, September 6. What are your thoughts on this year’s long list?