Booker Prize announces 2022 longlist

The longlist for the Booker Prize 2022 has been announced featuring three debuts, the shortest book as well as the youngest and oldest authors ever to be nominated.

The list also includes two new publishers receiving their first ever nominations.

Chair of the judges Neil MacGregor says “The list offers story, fable and parable, fantasy, mystery, meditation and thriller”.   

The shortlist will be unveiled on 6 September at the Serpentine Gallery in London, and the winner will be announced at the Roundhouse on 17 October.

See the longlist here

This year’s longlist features youngest and oldest author ever to be longlisted: 20-year-old Leila Mottley and octogenarian Alan Garner, who will celebrate his 88th birthday on the night of the winner ceremony. 

At 116 pages, Claire Keegan’s Small Things Like These is the shortest book recognised in the prize’s history – the shortest to win was Offshore by Penelope Fitzgerald (1979) at 132 pages.

Three debut novelists make the list: Maddie Mortimer, Leila Mottley and Selby Wynn Schwartz. 

Previously shortlisted authors NoViolet Bulawayo, Karen Joy Fowler and Graeme Macrae Burnet, and previously longlisted Elizabeth Strout are recognised. 

A majority published by independent publishers, including first time appearances from Influx Press and Sort of Books.


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