The longlist for the prestigious, U.K.-based Booker Prize was announced today and the selections surprised book award watchers. While a few books were well-known, many were more obscure, at least to those outside the U.K., because so far they have only been published by small British presses or will be published in August or September, in time to make the 2022 awards cutoff date. The chatter on “bookstagram” is a combination of “I’ve never heard of most of these books” and “I can’t believe (choose a popular/critically acclaimed book) didn’t make it.”
From the longlist of 13 books, the judges will choose a shortlist of six finalists on September 6, with the winner being announced on October 17.
The Colony by Audrey Magee
After Sappho by Selby Wynn Schwartz
Glory by NoViolet Bulawayo
Small Things Like These by Claire Keegan
Nightcrawling by Leila Mottley
Maps of our Spectacular Bodies by Maddie Mortimer
Case Study by Graeme Macrae Burnet
Treacle Walker by Alan Garner
The Trees by Percival Everett
Trust by Hernan Diaz
The Seven Moons of Maali Almeida by Shehan Karunatilaka
Oh William! by Elizabeth Strout
Booth by Karen Joy Fowler
The list features three debuts (Mortimer, Mottley, Schwartz), the youngest and oldest authors to be nominated (Mottley, 19, and Garner, 88), the shortest book ever nominated (Small Things Like These at 116 pages), and two unusual narrators (a chorus of animals in Glory, cancer in parts of Maps of Our Spectacular Bodies).
You can learn about each of the longlist selections here: https://thebookerprizes.com/.