Man Booker Prize

2016 Man Booker Prize Shortlist Prediction

This year’s Man Booker Prize short list will be announced on Tuesday 13 September.  Whilst the Booker is notoriously unpredictable, I’ve still tried to compile my own list of titles that I think will make it to the next round.

I’ve read 4 of the 13 longlisted titles so far:

  • Eileen by Ottessa Moshfegh – it was ok, but I’m not convinced by it’s inclusion in the long list, and I don’t see it progressing to the short list
  • The North Water by Ian McGuire – one of favourite novels of 2016 (so far)
  • The Many by Wyl Menmuir – haunting and bleak, I really enjoyed this debut
  • His Bloody Project by Graeme Macrae Burnet – another really enjoyable novel, my review for which will be up shortly

And here are the books that I think will make the short list:


  • Serious Sweet by A. L. Kennedy
  • The North Water by Ian McGuire
  • Do Not Say We Have Nothing by Madeleine Thien
  • My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout
  • The Many by Wyl Menmuir
  • Hot Milk by Deborah Levy

So there you have it.  What do you think will make the shortlist when it’s announced on Tuesday?


    1. Being honest, this year’s list seems to be more readable than some, based upon those that I’ve read plus other reviews I’ve seen. And a lot of variety too… 🙂

  1. I have read 3 and a quarter of the books on the longlist. I wasn’t particularly keen on Serious Sweet, thought My Name is Lucy Barton was ok and really liked Eileen. I’m currently reading Do Not Say We Have Nothing which seems like a strong contender so far.

    1. I’ve heard good things about Do Not Say We Have Nothing – really hoping to see it on the short list.

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