The Booker Prize longlist novels: Everything you need to know

Carla Harmon
July 27, 2019

This is the sixth Booker Prize nomination for Canadian author Atwood, who won the Booker in 2000 for The Blind Assassin.

However, the manuscript was made available to the judging panel of the Booker Prize, who included it in their longlist for then £50,000 prize, which was announced this morning.

Out on 10 September, the novel's contents remain a closely guarded secret - with this year's judges, chaired by Hay festival director Peter Florence, only saying in their statement: "Spoiler discretion and a ferocious non-disclosure agreement prevent any description of who, how, why and even where". However, the 13 novels in the list include books by some familiar authors like Margaret Atwood and Salman Rushdie, it also marks exclusions of other writers like Ian McEwan and Ali Smith.


Inspired by Don Quixote and published in August, it sees an ageing travelling salesman falling in love with a television star and driving across America to win her hand.

Canadian writer Margaret Atwood, who had earlier bagged the award in 2000 for "Blind Assassins", is another former victor on the list.

Rushdie is also no stranger to the Booker Prize, having won in 1981 for his classic novel "Midnight's Children", which was also awarded the special 1993 "Booker of Bookers" prize, given to the best Booker Prize-winning novel in the award's first 25 years.


"If you only read one book this year, make a leap". Until 2014, it was awarded to only novels written by writers from the Commonwealth, Irish, South African and Zimbabwe.

The longlist of 13 books includes Ducks, Newburyport, by Lucy Ellmann, in which one sentence runs for 1,020 pages.

"There are no favorites; they are all credible winners", he said. They celebrate the rich complexity of English as a global language. The victor of the prize will receive £50,000. They are exacting, enlightening and entertaining.


The shortlist will be announced on September 3rd and the victor will be announced October 14th.

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