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Booker Prize 2022 longlist announced

The longlist for the 2022 Booker Prize has been announced.

The 13 books longlisted for the £50,000 (A$86,650) prize are:

  • Glory (NoViolet Bulawayo, Viking)
  • Trust (Hernan Diaz, Picador)
  • The Trees (Percival Everett, Influx)
  • Booth (Karen Joy Fowler, Serpent’s Tail)
  • Treacle Walker (Alan Garner, Fourth Estate)
  • The Seven Moons of Maali Almeida (Shehan Karunatilaka, Sort of Books)
  • Small Things Like These (Claire Keegan, Faber)
  • Case Study (Graeme Macrae Burnet, Text)
  • The Colony (Audrey Magee, FSG)
  • Maps of Our Spectacular Bodies (Maddie Mortimer, Picador)
  • Nightcrawling (Leila Mottley, Bloomsbury)
  • After Sappho (Selby Wynn Schwartz, Text)
  • Oh William! (Elizabeth Strout, Viking).

Chosen from 169 submissions, the longlist features three authors from the UK, six from the US, two from Ireland and one each from Zimbabwe and Sri Lanka. Eight of the longlisted titles come from independent publishers.

‘The skill with which writers shape and sustain those variously imagined worlds, and allow others to inhabit them, has been our main criterion in proposing this longlist of 13 books,’ said judge Neil MacGregor. ‘Exceptionally well-written and carefully crafted, in whatever genre, they seem to us to exploit and expand what the language can do. The list that we have selected offers story, fable and parable, fantasy, mystery, meditation and thriller.’

The six-book shortlist will be announced on 6 September, before the winner is announced on 17 November. For more information on this year’s longlist, see the Booker website.


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