The Booker Prize 2022 longlist

By The Booker Prizes

The Booker Prize 2022 longlist

By The Booker Prizes

We are thrilled to present the 2022 Booker Prize Longlist. Explore the 'Booker Dozen' below, complete with the judges' comments for each of these extraordinary novels.
 

'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.' Neil MacGregor, Chair of Judges

Oh William!: Shortlisted for the Booker Prize 2022

Oh William!: Shortlisted for the Booker Prize 2022

Elizabeth Strout

£9.99 £9.49

After Sappho

After Sappho

Selby Wynn Schwartz

£9.99

‘A poetic patchwork of fragments of literary history that together take shape as an intergenerational tale of the Lesbian family. An ancestry eruditely, playfully recovered.’

Nightcrawling: Longlisted for the Booker Prize 2022 - the youngest ever Booker nominee

Nightcrawling: Longlisted for the Booker Prize 2022 - the youngest ever Booker nominee

Leila Mottley

£16.99

‘Nightcrawling is a dazzling and electrifying novel set in the streets of Oakland, where the protagonist Kiera will face the failure of the justice system that oppresses young black women. A spellbinding story and a Catcher in the Rye for a new generation.’

Maps of Our Spectacular Bodies: Longlisted for the Booker Prize

Maps of Our Spectacular Bodies: Longlisted for the Booker Prize

Maddie Mortimer

£14.99 £14.24

‘Deliriously inventive and viscerally moving, Mortimer’s debut is a patterned, protean narrative that astonishes and overwhelms. Lia is dying while she’s living, her past, present and future a glorious cacophony of voices, from the webs of words that bind her to her daughter, to the mutating cancer that is an inexorable part of her self.’

The Colony

The Colony

Audrey Magee

£14.99

‘The summer of 1979. Sectarian murders claim victims across Ireland. An idyllic island fishing community off the west coast becomes the laboratory in which Magee dissects the gulf between what Ireland is and how the rest of the world wants to fantasise it.’

Case Study

Case Study

Graeme Macrae Burnet

£14.99 £14.24

‘A mystery story - or is it? - that takes us into the heart of the psychoanalytical consulting room. Or does it? Interleaving a biography of radical ‘60s ‘untherapist’ Collins Braithwaite with the notebooks of his patient ‘Rebecca’, a young woman seeking answers about the death of her sister, ‘GMB’ presents a forensic, elusive and mordantly funny text(s) layered with questions about authenticity and the self.’

Small Things Like These: Shortlisted for the Booker Prize 2022

Small Things Like These: Shortlisted for the Booker Prize 2022

Claire Keegan

£12.99 £12.34

‘A story of quiet bravery, set in an Irish community in denial of its central secret. Beautiful, clear, economic writing and an elegant structure dense with moral themes.’

The Seven Moons of Maali Almeida

The Seven Moons of Maali Almeida

Shehan Karunatilaka

£16.99 £16.14

‘Life after death in Sri Lanka: an afterlife noir, with nods to Dante and Buddha and yet unpretentious. Fizzes with energy, imagery and ideas against a broad, surreal vision of the Sri Lankan civil wars. Slyly, angrily comic.’

BOOTH: Longlisted for the Booker Prize 2022

BOOTH: Longlisted for the Booker Prize 2022

Karen Joy Fowler

£18.99 £18.04

‘What shapes us? And who gets to choose the stories we tell about our place in the world? With an eagle eye and a bone-dry wit, Fowler introduces the Booths, a 19th-century family forged by theatrical ambition and agonising grief within a household steeped in the racism and myth-making of the disunited States. As the novel unfolds, we know - and they don’t - that one day the ninth child, John Wilkes, will step forward with a gun in his hand to bring the narratives of dynasty and country decisively together.’

Trust: Winner of the 2023 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction

Trust: Winner of the 2023 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction

Hernan Diaz

£16.99

‘There is a dazzling intelligence behind this novel, which challenges us to rethink everything we know both about the institutions on which nations are built and the narratives by which stories are told. Sly, sophisticated, insistently questioning, Diaz writes with assurance, determined to rob us of every certainty.’

The 13 books on this year’s longlist – the ‘Booker dozen’ – were chosen by the 2022 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.

 

Their selection was made from 169 novels published between 1 October 2021 and 30 September 2022 and submitted to the prize by publishers. Coincidentally, this year’s longlist includes the first and last book the judges read. The Booker Prize is open to works by writers of any nationality, written in English and published in the UK or Ireland.

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