The Man Booker Prize longlist for 2017, is now announced. We have the books ready to be borrowed from the library today; follow this link to find the long-list on our catalogue.

As usual, Warwickshire Super Reader’s Group, (made up of readers across the county)  will be shadowing the prize, and reading all six shortlisted titles in 5 weeks. They will then vote for the Warwickshire Winner.

If you are interested in joining the group, then do drop me a line


So, here’s the long-list, do let us know which ones you’ll be reading and if you think you’ve spotted the winner! (Last year’s winner was Paul Beatty for The Sellout).


4321  by  Paul Auster

Days without End   by  Sebastian Barry

 History of Wolves   by  Emily Fridlund

Exit West   by Mohsin Hamid

Solar Bones   by  Mike McCormack

Reservoir 13   by Jon McGregor

Elmet   by Fiona Mozley

The Ministry of Utmost Happiness   by Arundhati Roy

Lincoln in the Bardo    by George Saunders

Home Fire  by Kamila Shamsie

Autumn   by  Ali Smith

The Underground Railroad  by Colson Whitehead

Swing Time  by Zadie Smith

The shortlist will be announced on 13th September, and the winner on 17th October.


On the longlist (Booker’s Dozen) , there are three debut novels: Elmet, History of Wolves and  Lincoln in the Bardo

Previous winner, Arundhati Roy (God of Small Things)  is joined by previously short-listed writers:  Ali Smith (Hotel World, The Accidental, How to be Both) , Zadie Smith (On Beauty)  , Sebastian Barry ( A Long Long Way Down, The Secret Scripture, On Canaan’s Side) and Mohsin Hamid (The Reluctant Fundamentalist)

It is a third time long-listed for Jon McGregor (If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things and So Many Ways to Begin)

There are four UK writers, four US, two Irish, two UK-Pakistani, and one Indian writer. The list is very diverse.

Judges this year are  Baroness Lola Young, Lila Azam Zanganeh, Sarah Hall, Tom Phillips and Colin Thubron.

All books will be available to order on Warwickshire’s catalogue, so do have a look at  some of them.