I know you're going to be seeing this everywhere, but the longlist for this year's Man Booker Prize was announced today and I couldn't help but mention it.
I haven't really followed this prize since 2006, but I still like to see what gets name-checked.
The longlist is:
- The Yips by Nicola Barker (Fourth Estate)
- The Teleportation Accident by Ned Beauman (Sceptre)
- Philida by André Brink (Harvill Secker)
- The Garden of Evening Mists by Tan Twan Eng (Myrmidon Books)
- Skios by Michael Frayn (Faber & Faber)
- The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce (Doubleday)
- Swimming Home by Deborah Levy (And Other Stories)
- Bring up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel (Fourth Estate)
- The Lighthouse by Alison Moore (Salt)
- Umbrella by Will Self (Bloomsbury)
- Narcopolis by Jeet Thayil (Faber & Faber)
- Communion Town by Sam Thompson (Fourth Estate)
But the upside? It's nice to see some independent publishers in the mix. Plus, I own several of these books already — The Garden of Evening Mists, Skios and The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry — so perhaps it's time I nudged them a little higher up the TBR?
Who do I think will win it? I have no idea... but as a long shot, how about Nicola Barker?
What do you think of this list? Have you read any books on it?