The Man Booker 2018 long list is revealed

I am not surprised to see Michael Oondatje’s book, Warlight, but I am surprised by Rachel Kushner’s The Mars Room, in the Man Booker Prize longlist for 2018.

I have a plethora of books laid out for me as I hope to continue with Paris in July as well as Spanish Lit month (which thankfully extends into August), so I am not sure how many of these I’ll read before the short list is announced on September 20.

The 2018 longlist, or Man Booker ‘Dozen’, of 13 novels, is:

Author (country/territory)          Title (imprint)

Belinda Bauer (UK)                      Snap (Bantam Press)

Anna Burns (UK)                          Milkman (Faber & Faber)

Nick Drnaso (USA)                       Sabrina (Granta Books)

Esi Edugyan (Canada)                 Washington Black (Serpent’s Tail)

Guy Gunaratne (UK)                    In Our Mad And Furious City (Tinder Press)

Daisy Johnson (UK)                     Everything Under (Jonathan Cape)

Rachel Kushner (USA)                The Mars Room (Jonathan Cape)

Sophie Mackintosh (UK)              The Water Cure (Hamish Hamilton)

Michael Ondaatje (Canada)         Warlight (Jonathan Cape)

Richard Powers (USA)                 The Overstory (William Heinemann)

Robin Robertson (UK)                  The Long Take (Picador)

Sally Rooney (Ireland)                  Normal People (Faber & Faber)

Donal Ryan (Ireland)                    From A Low And Quiet Sea (Doubleday Ireland)

Are there any which surprise you? Any you wish would be the winner, which is to be declared on October 16?

11 thoughts on “The Man Booker 2018 long list is revealed”

  1. This is a really interesting list. Never seen a graphic novel on the list before and I am surprised to see a crime novel on the list. I will read the list but will not read them before the shortlist. I aim to read them before the prize is awarded


    1. The inclusion of a graphic novel makes me think of Bob Dylan winning the Nobel Prize for literature. Not that either “writer” isn’t qualified, but I am such a traditionalist I feel that an author (not a songwriter, not a graphic artist) should win literarure prizes.

      Like you, I will read the shortlist and whatever other novels may come through for me at the library. The books which have been longlisted for the last few years have been largely a disappointment for me; especially when Paul Beatty won with The Sellout.

      But, it is good to have such a list to refer to when picking up something new to read.


    1. That seems to be an overwhelming opinion, the lack of scope (as well as the resentment that American authors were “allowed in”). It’s hard for me to comment about American authors, as I am American, but certainly more of the English speaking world could have been represented.

      (America is being held in increasingly harsh scorn, so different from when I was a child in the 1970s and visiting Europe; everyone wanted our Levi’s and Coke and music. Now we are largely viewed as fat and stupid…and to some extent, I have to agree. Looking at our television shoes, for one thing, is downright embarrassing.)


      1. How things change. About 30 years ago I was on holiday in the Gambia and our guide was so proud that he had a bottle of Coke. He kept brandishing it like a treasure. Now it’s a brand that is anathema in certain parts of the world because it comes from that infidel country America.


  2. Very disappointed by the longlist, it’s like the rest of the English speaking world does not exist. However since I’ve been so focused on translations this year, it’s not surprising that I don’t care who wins.


    1. I, too, have been focusing on translated literature. It so rarely disappoints! And, I am finding that the Man Booker Prize itself matters less and less to me, as I look at whom they have declared winners in the last decade or so and shake my head in consternation. Paul Beatty’s The Sellout? Give me a break.


    1. I have not read anything by Richard Powers, but you are the second one to praise his work and the fact that it is on the long list. That makes me excited whereas the rest if the list has frankly left me rather cold.


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