Man Booker Prize

2017 Man Booker Prize Longlist Prediction

On 27 July, the longlist for this year’s Man Booker Prize will be announced.  I’ve proved to be rather bad at this game – I predicted exactly 0 of last year’s longlist correctly – but it amuses me, and, let’s be honest, I can’t actually do any worse than last year, can I?

My predictions for the 2017 longlist, in no particular order, are:

  • All Our Wrong Todays by Elan Mastai
  • H(A)PPY by Nicola Barker
  • Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders
  • Minds of Winter by Ed O’Louglin
  • Swing Time by Zadie Smith
  • The Clocks in this House All Tell Different Times by Xan Brooks
  • The Ministry of Utmost Happiness by Arundhati Roy
  • The Nix by Nathan Hill
  • The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
  • White Tears by Hari Kunzru
  • Days Without End by Sebastian Barry
  • The End We Start From by Megan Hunter
  • The Power by Naomi Alderman

I’ll probably be kicking myself on Thursday for not including Ali Smith’s Autumn, but there you have it – they are my predictions.  I’ll let you know on Thursday how (badly) I did! 😊


    1. 😂 There’s usually something on the list that I’ve never heard of, so I’m not holding out too much hope! But we’ll see – if I could just get 1 or 2, I’d be happy…

  1. Nice list! I’ve never followed the Man Booker closely so my predictions would probably be seriously off. Have you read many on your list? I just finished The End We Start From and absolutely loved it!

    1. I’m strangely fascinated by the Booker, just because some of them aren’t all that readable in my opinion. That said, there are some amazing books on there – it’s such a mixed bag.
      Of my list, I’ve actually only read The End We Start From (I loved it too!) although I do have a few of the others.
      I’m not holding out much hope for making correct predictions, though – there’s usually at least one on the list that I’ve never even heard of! 😂

  2. I’m having my fingers crossed for the Ministry of Utmost Happiness. I still have yet to read the book, but I’ve read other works from the author which I absolutely loved.
    Likewise, I’m always a huge fail at the predictions, but it’s nonetheless fun to give it a go! 😀
    I look forward to reading more from you in the future… Happy Blogging! 🙂

    1. I often assume that previous winners are a shoe-in for the Booker, although it’s often proved not to be the case. We’ll see what Thursday’s announcement brings!

    1. I was pleased with 5 correct! I thought The Nix would be there too, and I think it’s a shame that The End We Start From didn’t make the list…

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