Hot off the presses the Long List for this year’s Man Booker Prize.
Nicola Barker, The Yips (Fourth Estate)
Ned Beauman, The Teleportation Accident (Sceptre)
André Brink, Philida (Harvill Secker)
Tan Twan Eng, The Garden of Evening Mists (Myrmidon Books)
Michael Frayn, Skios (Faber & Faber)
Rachel Joyce, The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry (Doubleday)
Deborah Levy, Swimming Home (And Other Stories)
Hilary Mantel, Bring up the Bodies (Fourth Estate)
Alison Moore, The Lighthouse (Salt)
Will Self, Umbrella (Bloomsbury)
Jeet Thayil, Narcopolis (Faber & Faber)
Sam Thompson, Communion Town (Fourth Estate)
A challenging list, I believe, as the judges have a history of academia, and have spoken out about last year being too “readable” – time will tell as I tackle them, but I’m hoping we don’t have a plethora of unreadable books. It will be a few weeks before I get to the first of them but as per usual I will post all of my reviews here.