The 2019 Booker Prize longlist has finally been announced, revealing an exciting and diverse lineup of books with more than a few thrilling surprises.
The longlisted book most likely to cause a stir this year is Margaret Atwood’s The Testaments, the hugely anticipated sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale. This book isn’t out until early September and its contents are being kept as a closely guarded secret by Atwood’s publisher, so expect the buzz on The Testaments to skyrocket from this point onward.
Also on the list is Lanny by Max Porter (a firm favourite of ours – read our review!), Frankissstein by Jeanette Winterson, Quichotte by Booker Prize veteran Salman Rushdie, and My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite (shortlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction earlier this year).
Peter Florence, the 2019 Chair of Judges, says:
“If you only read one book this year, make a leap. Read all 13 of these. There are Nobel candidates and debutants on this list. There are no favourites; they are all credible winners. They imagine our world, familiar from news cycle disaster and grievance, with wild humour, deep insight and a keen humanity. These writers offer joy and hope. They celebrate the rich complexity of English as a global language. They are exacting, enlightening and entertaining. Really – read all of them.”
Who am I to argue with that? Check out all the longlisted books below (and stay tuned for the announcement of the shortlist on 3 September)!
Frankissstein by Jeanette Winterson
Quichotte by Salman Rushdie
Lanny by Max Porter
10 Minutes 38 Seconds in This Strange World by Elif Shafak
The Testaments by Margaret Atwood
My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite
Ducks, Newburyport by Lucy Ellmann
Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo
The Wall by John Lanchester
The Man Who Saw Everything by Deborah Levy
Lost Children Archive by Valeria Luiselli
An Orchestra of Minorities by Chigozie Obioma
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