Man Booker Longlist Predictions | 2018

Hi, folks!

The Man Booker longlist will be announced on July 24, and I cannot resist especulating about which books will be contemplated this year. I will try to read at least all the shortlisted books before the winner is announced…

Here are the novels I hope to see on the list (this is not in any particular order):

  • Peach by Emma Glass
  • Sight by Jessie Greengrass
  • Crudo by Olivia Laing
  • Fire Sermon by Jamie Quatro
  • Freshwater by Akwaeke Emezi
  • Winter by Ali Smith
  • West by Carys Davies
  • Bitter Orange by Claire Fuller
  • My Year of Rest and Relaxation by Ottessa Moshfegh
  • The Break by Katherena Vermette
  • The Western Wind by Samantha Harvey
  • Asymmetry by Lisa Halliday
  • Kudos by Rachel Cusk

More popular books that might make the list:

  • The Illumination of Ursula Flight by Anna-Marie Crowhurst
  • The Sealwoman’s Gift by Sally Magnusson
  • Circe by Madeline Miller
  • The Pisces by Melissa Broder
  • The Water Cure by Sophie Mackintosh

Do you also like to follow the Man Booker? What books you think might make the long list? Tell me about it.

Yours truly,

J.


Otto Scholderer. “Young Girl Reading” (1883)

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6 Comments

  1. Interesting selection. Have you read Crudo? It’s on my hitlist, but not until I’ve read about 100 books I already own (so, in 2 years or so. Yikes). I’ve heard good things about My Year of Rest and Relaxation, and Rachel Cusk, of course. I’m waiting to read the set all together but I get the feeling it will be worth the wait.

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    1. I am currently reading Crudo and enjoying it! And I am also expecting good thing from Moshfegh. But you’re right, sometimes it is better to wait the hype to pass. It will also take me time to go through this list… 🙂

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  2. I can’t wait to see the Booker list, because I do need some good contemporary recommendations. Yours is an excellent list, and I have heard lots about Crudo. I loved Laing’s nonfiction book, The Lonely City.

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    1. I am currently reading Crudo & enjoying it! Now I am curious to think what you thought about the longlist this year… I haven’t heard of most of them!

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  3. I would take your predictions over the actual list any day! (Look at you woth Shape of Water, you clever girl.) I’m surprised Moshfegh didn’t make the list, and I’ve been hearing a lot about Pisces, but I couldn’t get into it. I am more and more unimpressed by prize winning books (and the judges) as time goes by. It seems they follow a political agenda rather than true literary value.

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    1. Thank you! ❤ I agree with you about the agenda, Bellezza. I found this year's list odd. But I will try to read some of the books… 🙂

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