On Tuesday the longlist was announced for this year’s Booker Prize. I have no intention of reading all 13 novels this year (as I did last year), but I’ll nevertheless be keeping an eye on conversation surrounding the Prize, for tips on what I should add to my ‘to be read’ pile.
As is expected, it’s a diverse set of novels, with the headline being that this year includes both the youngest (Leila Mottley: 20) and oldest (Alan Garner: 87) authors ever nominated. (Aside: imagine being nominated for the Booker at 20! 🤯) There are also three debuts: from the aforementioned Leila Mottley; Selby Wynn Schwartz; and Maddie Mortimer, whose Maps of Our Spectacular Bodies tops my personal list of the nominated novels I intend to get to.
I’m also intrigued by Case Study from previous shortlistee (His Bloody Project in 2016) Graeme Macrae Burnet. Check out this setup:
London, 1965. An unworldly young woman believes that a charismatic psychotherapist, Collins Braithwaite, has driven her sister to suicide. Intent on confirming her suspicions, she assumes a false identity and presents herself to him as a client