2015 Man Booker Prize Long List

It turns out that I didn’t do very well in my prediction of the books that appeared on the Man Booker Prize long list!

I got three right:

  • Hanya Yanagihara – A Little Life
  • Anne Enright – The Green Road
  • Anna Smaill – The Chimes

The others on the long list are:

  • Tom McCarthy – Satin Island
  • Andrew O’Hagan – The Illuminations
  • Sunjeev Sahota – The Year of the Runaways
  • Bill Clegg – Did You Ever Have a Family
  • Laila Lalami – The Moor’s Account
  • Marilynne Robinson – Lila
  • Anne Tyler – A Spool of Blue Thread
  • Marlon James – A Brief History of Seven Killings
  • Chigozie Obioma – The Fishermen
  • Anuradha Roy – Sleeping on Jupiter

I think that this is quite an interesting mix!

A few thoughts:

  • There are a couple on here that I’ve not heard of – Did You Ever Have a Family and The Year of the Runaways
  • I’m genuinely surprised that Rushdie and Ishiguro haven’t made the cut
  • There are three debut novelists – Bill Clegg, Chigozie Obioma and Anna Smaill, which I think is quite unusual
  • The last two years have been won by antipodeans (Eleanor Catton and Richard Flanagan) – will New Zealander Anna Smaill make it three in a row?
  • Popular opinion suggests that Hanya Yanagihara will win this year

I look forward to the short list, which will be announced in September, and to picking up a few of these in the mean time!

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2 thoughts on “2015 Man Booker Prize Long List

    1. Maybe – it’s always a tricky one to guess! There are a few titles on the list here that I’m looking forward to, and A Little Life seems to be the favourite to win, from what I’ve seen so far, at least.

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