The Man Booker Prize Longlist 2015…

So yesterday I had fun guessing what the Man Booker Longlist would be and now, as I you all want to know what it is before you hear my possibly garbled thoughts on it, here are the books that Ellah Allfrey, John Burnside, Sam Leith and Frances Osborne all judged as being super special and the finest fiction…

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  • Bill Clegg (US) – Did You Ever Have a Family (Jonathan Cape)
  • Anne Enright (Ireland) – The Green Road (Jonathan Cape)
  • Marlon James (Jamaica) – A Brief History of Seven Killings (Oneworld Publications)
  • Laila Lalami (US) – The Moor’s Account (Periscope, Garnet Publishing)
  • Tom McCarthy (UK) – Satin Island (Jonathan Cape)
  • Chigozie Obioma (Nigeria) – The Fishermen (ONE, Pushkin Press)
  • Andrew O’Hagan (UK) – The Illuminations (Faber & Faber)
  • Marilynne Robinson (US) – Lila (Virago)
  • Anuradha Roy (India) – Sleeping on Jupiter (MacLehose Press, Quercus)
  • Sunjeev Sahota (UK) – The Year of the Runaways (Picador)
  • Anna Smaill (New Zealand) – The Chimes (Sceptre)
  • Anne Tyler (US) – A Spool of Blue Thread (Chatto & Windus)
  • Hanya Yanagihara (US) – A Little Life (Picador)

Surprise surprise as I was absolutely nowhere near correct as I only guessed three. What are my initial thoughts? Well, since you asked so nicely, I think that the list is as always an interesting one. I have read ? of them and am obviously thrilled about A Little Life being on the list, I may even have done a little dance in the lounge which is only for the eyes of my cats. I am also really excited to see Chigozie Obioma and Marlon James on there. I think what is interesting is that some of the big hitters everyone expected to be on the list aren’t. No Ishiguro, no Atwood, no Atkinson (boo), no Toibin etc – which I actually find quite exciting. Firstly all those books are selling like hotcakes so that’s them sorted, secondly it means there are some books that will get a chance to be discussed that might not have been. In the industry we all know of Tyler, Enright, McCarthy and Robinson but outside of the industry is that the case? And then there are even more to discover, I want to read Sahota pronto now, I loved his first. My only minor niggle is Gattis not being on the list, oh and where are all the Australian and Canadian authors. Anyway… I need to mull it all over a little more but overall I think its an interesting list I may well delve into. As it stands I want Yanagihara to win.

So what are your thoughts on the longlist? Which of them have you read and what did you make of them? Which ones are you now planning on reading? I am asking the latter question myself. I might go for all the ones I haven’t you know, maybe…

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17 responses to “The Man Booker Prize Longlist 2015…

  1. Some surprising ones left out, as you say, and I’m not sure how a book that’s not quite out yet can qualify (Bill Clegg). Ah, well, I think they do it on purpose, to keep everyone guessing and debating.

  2. Gayla

    I think it’s a good list but I am going to gripe a little bit about all the US books: 5 of 13. There are already so many prizes for American books; as a reader I’d much rather see Canadian and Australian books that are new to me than books I know about and have already seen on other prize lists.

  3. A nice mix not as US as last time nice see Asian and Caribbean writers on the list the little life book probably going wim

  4. As usual, I’ve never read any of them, I like to follow the Man Booker nominations to guide my reading choices, so I”ll probably be reading quite a few books off this list.

  5. Jon

    I guess if the judges felt the books from the UK were better than the American titles, they’d have longlisted them instead.

  6. Louise

    I’m currently listening to the audio of A Spool of Blue Thread. I’ve browsed through the others, and decided to read The Chimes, The Fishermen, The Moor’s Account, The Illuminations and The Year of the Runaways . I still look forward to reading A God in Ruins though🙂

  7. I’ve read every Anne Tyler book published, and A Spool of Blue Thread, although good, was not my favorite. On the other hand, A Little Life is truly clutch-worthy. I wanted to clutch it to my chest for days! So beautiful. Those are the only two I’ve read, but I’ll be looking into the others.

  8. June Seghni

    I’ve read A Spool of Blue Thread , which I wasn’t keen on , and The Chimes, which I was. I already had A Little Life on order, after lots of US friends in a Facebook group were raving about it. I shall read the rest as soon as my library gets hold of them for me-just hope they don’t all come at once !

  9. I haven’t read any! I do have Lila and A Little Life checked out from the library, though, so there’s a good chance I’ll get to those. I, too, would have liked to have see A God in Ruins on the list. I thought it was lovely and well worth a nomination.

  10. I was disappointed at only 3 UK books vs 5 US. I haven’t read any of them yet. The Chimes will be first on my list though.

  11. I’ve heard unanimously fabulous things about A Little Life and can’t wait to read it. I’m also looking forward to reading A Spool of Blue Thread and Did You Ever Have a Family. Ooh, and The Chimes too…

  12. The only one I have read so far us The Chimes which I thought was excellent (but, Simon, it has a boat in it…)

  13. I’ve only read two of these (although that’s two more than most years!):
    A Spool of Blue Thread – which I loved, and I am generally extremely fond of Anne Tyler’s writing, but for me she lacks that little something extra-special that makes something worthy of a Booker.
    The other one I’ve read is A Brief History of Seven Killings which is a vast multi-voiced epic of a novel, that punches you in the guts and leaves you whimpering. I adored it, and despite not having read any of the others, that’s the one I’m rooting for.
    I have a copy of The Fisherman, which has mysteriously crept up a few places in the TBR, so I’m looking forward to reading that soon.
    Of the others, two were already on my wishlist (The Chimes and The Year of the Runaways). I’ve added The Illuminations, and the rest of the list leaves me a bit meh.

  14. So excited to see Robinson there. It’s the only one I’ve read (or am likely to read) so I’ll be cheering it on, in my uninformed way!

  15. I’ve read two so far and plan to read the rest (at least, I’ll read those I can get now and if the one out in September makes the shortlist I’ll read that too.) I can’t imagine anything surpassing “A Little Life” in my opinion (best book I’ve read in years) but I”ll try to get through them so my opinion seems more valid. 😀

    [the other one I”ve already read is “A Spool of Blue Thread,” which I liked but isn’t in the same league.]

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