The New Wilderness by Diane Cook
This Mournable Body by Tsitsi Dangarembga
Burnt Sugar by Avni Doshi
Who They Was by Gabriel Krauze
The Mirror & The Light by Hilary Mantel
Apeirogon by Colum McCann
The Shadow King by Maaza Mengiste
Such a Fun Age Kiley Reid
Shuggie Bain by Douglas Stuart
Real Life by Brandon Taylor
Redhead by The Side of The Road by Anne Tyler
Love and Other Thought Experiments by Sophie Ward
How Much of These Hills is Gold by C Pam Zhang
I posted some predictions last weekend and successfully guessed three: Hilary Mantel (of course), Colum McCann and Douglas Stuart. Three correct guesses is a pretty good result considering there are eight mostly little-known debut novels on the longlist this year, a significant increase on last year’s longlist which was dominated by established names and previous prizewinners.
Even though I’m sad that ‘Hamnet’ by Maggie O’Farrell didn’t make the cut, it’s good to see a few more surprises this year. I already had my eye on ‘Shuggie Bain’ and I am also interested in ‘Love and Other Thought Experiments’ which dramatises different thought experiments devised by philosophers through the story of Rachel and Eliza, a couple who are trying to have a baby. ‘Such A Fun Age’ by Kiley Reid has already had strong reviews for its depiction of a young black woman accused of abducting the white toddler in her care at a shop in Philadelphia. I’ll also be looking out for Gabriel Krauze’s debut novel ‘Who They Was’ which is a work of autofiction based on his involvement in London gang violence and ‘The New Wilderness’ by Diane Cook – a dystopian novel about a mother-daughter relationship and the consequences of climate change.
What are your thoughts on this year’s longlist?