The 2019 Booker Prize Longlist has been announced! This year’s longlist is comprised of 13 novels that span the globe, ranging from established authors like Margaret Atwood and Salman Rushdie to debuts from new voices like Oyinkan Braithwaite. First awarded in 1969, the Booker Prize is open to writers of any nationality writing in English and published in the UK or Ireland. The winner of the prize will receive £50,000. The shortlist will be announced on September 3rd and the winner will be announced October 14th.
Peter Florence, chair of the judges, writes of the nominated titles, ‘They imagine our world, familiar from news cycle disaster and grievance, with wild humor, deep insight and a keen humanity. These writers offer joy and hope. They celebrate the rich complexity of English as a global language. They are exacting, enlightening and entertaining. Really—read all of them.”
— The Booker Prizes (@TheBookerPrizes) July 23, 2019
2019 Booker Prize Longlist
The Testaments by Margaret Atwood
Night Boat to Tangier by Kevin Barry
My Sister, The Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite
Ducks, Newburyport by Lucy Ellmann
Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo
The Wall by John Lanchester
The Man Who Saw Everything by Deborah Levy
Lost Children Archive by Valeria Luiselli
An Orchestra of Minorities by Chigozie Obioma
Lanny by Max Porter
Quichotte by Salman Rushdie
10 Minutes 38 Seconds in This Strange World by Elif Shafak
Frankissstein by Jeanette Winterson
The panel of judges for this year’s award include founder and director of Hay Festival Peter Florence (Chair); former fiction publisher and editor Liz Calder; novelist, essayist, and filmmaker Xiaolu Guo; writer and broadcaster Afua Hirsch; and concert pianist, conductor, and composer Joanna MacGregor.
See more of Book Riot’s coverage of the Booker prize here.