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The Booker Prize 2022 'Stimulating and Surprising' Longlist Announced

The longlist for the Booker Prize 2022 – the leading literary award in the English speaking world – has been announced, with a ‘Booker Dozen’ selected. This year, in the words of Chair of Judges, Neil MacGregor, “The list offers story, fable and parable, fantasy, mystery, meditation and thriller”. Three debut novellists make the list, and it also features the youngest and oldest authors ever to be longlisted: 20-year-old Leila Mottley and Alan Garner, who will celebrate his 88th Birthday on the night of the winner ceremony.

The Longlist

What the judges said

The 2022 longlist was chosen by the judging panel: cultural historian, writer and broadcaster Neil MacGregor (Chair); academic and broadcaster Shahidha Bari; historian Helen Castor; novelist and critic M John Harrison; and novelist, poet and professor Alain Mabanckou.

Neil MacGregor, chair of the 2022 judges, says: ‘Over the last seven months or so, we have read and discussed 169 works of fiction, all written in English, by authors and about subjects from all over the globe. 169 journeys to worlds conjured and created by the wielding of words alone. The skill with which writers shape and sustain those variously imagined worlds, and allow others to inhabit them, has been our main criterion in proposing this longlist of 13 books. Exceptionally well written and carefully crafted, in whatever genre, they seem to us to exploit and expand what the language can do. The list that we have selected offers story, fable and parable, fantasy, mystery, meditation and thriller.’

Gaby Wood, director of the Booker Prize Foundation, adds: ’The 2022 Booker judges come from very different corners of the reading world, yet from the moment they met they have revelled in each other’s opinions and delighted in each other’s company.

‘The result is a set of books that are sometimes serious but never sombre, whose authors engage you with their wit, even as you absorb their dramatic, painful or provocative subject matter. It’s in this playfulness, of form or tone, that this year’s fiction is at its best.’

The shortlist and winner announcements

The shortlist of six books will be announced on Tuesday 6 September, at an evening event at the Serpentine Pavilion in London. The shortlisted authors each receive £2,500 and a specially bound edition of their book.

The 2022 winner will be announced on Monday 17 October in and award ceremony held at the Roundhouse and fully in person for the first time since 2019.

Get involved

We have an exciting opportunity for six book clubs to help rate and review the Booker Prize 2022 shortlist, and to have the chance to attend this year’s Booker Prize winner ceremony in London, as well as a host of other prizes.

After the six clubs have been chosen, two representatives will be invited to attend the Booker Prize 2022 official shortlist announcement party at the Serpentine Pavilion on September 6, where they will receive a set of one of the shortlisted titles. You can read more and apply by reading our news story on this exciting opportunity.

Have you read any of the longlisted books? Share your thoughts with us on Twitter and Instagram, or click on the title above to leave a review.

For more information, visit the Booker Prize website.

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