I don’t usually post about the Booker long or short list because, for the last couple of years have been slightly disappointed with their choices.
However, this year’s longlist was announced yesterday and to my surprise, I’ve already read five of the listed books – the most I think I’ve ever read from their longlist. Moreover, the five I have read have all been some of my top reads of the year.
Here are links to my reviews:
Trust by Hernan Diaz
Small Things Like These by Claire Keegan
Oh William! by Elizabeth Strout
Case Study by Graeme Macrea Burnet
The Keegan and the Strout both made my best books of 2021 list and Trust will undoubtedly make my best of 2022 along with Audrey Magee’s The Colony. I’m not sure why I didn’t write about The Colony on my blog but I thought that it was a wonderful achievement.
There are two books that I really hoped to see on the longlist and they were Sea of Tranquility by Emily St John Mandel and Spies in Canaan by David Park, both of which I thought would have been thoroughly deserving of the shortlist, but as it goes with the Booker, there are always the ones who got away…
In terms of the other books on the longlist, I’m very keen to read The Trees by Percival Everett, which had already been on my radar; Treacle Walker by the legend that is Alan Garner and Nightcrawling by Leila Mottley.
Are there any other longlisted titles that you would recommend? Or was there a book that you were sure would make the longlist, but has missed out?
I am a 40 something book buying addict trying to reduce the backlog one book at a time!