Booker Price Longlist 2016

5 years ago

It snuck up on me this year.
I'm actually on holiday in Northumberland; and it's our daughter's wedding on Saturday, so it's a bit exciting at the moment. But I've managed to find a spare few minutes...

Paul Beatty (US) - The Sellout (Oneworld)

J.M. Coetzee (South African-Australian) - The Schooldays of Jesus (Harvill Secker)

A.L. Kennedy (UK) - Serious Sweet (Jonathan Cape)

Deborah Levy (UK) - Hot Milk (Hamish Hamilton)

Graeme Macrae Burnet (UK) - His Bloody Project (Contraband)

Ian McGuire (UK) - The North Water (Scribner UK)

David Means (US) - Hystopia (Faber & Faber)

Wyl Menmuir (UK) -The Many (Salt)

Ottessa Moshfegh (US) - Eileen (Jonathan Cape)

Virginia Reeves (US) - Work Like Any Other (Scribner UK)

Elizabeth Strout (US) - My Name Is Lucy Barton (Viking)

David Szalay (Canada-UK) - All That Man Is (Jonathan Cape)

Madeleine Thien (Canada) - Do Not Say We Have Nothing (Granta Books)

No Ian McEwan, no Julian Barnes, no Edna O'Brien.

Deborah Levy is the only person who has been short-listed before, with the dreadful (imho) "Swimming Home" in 2012. So I'm not going to rush out and buy Hot Milk.

I know nothing about any of these. Anyone have any comments?

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