Audrey Magee and Claire Keegan are long-listed for the Booker Prize
The long-listed novels for the Booker Prize have been announced.
Two Irish authors have made the cut: Claire Keegan for Small Things Like These, and Audrey Magee for The Colony (Faber).
At just 116 pages, Small Things Like These is the shortest book to be considered in the history of the prize— Offshore by Penelope Fitzgerald (1979) was the briefest novel to win, at 132 pages.
Proving the adage that you are not too old and it’s not too late, Alan Garner, long-listed for Treacle Walker, will celebrate his 88th birthday on the evening of the prize ceremony.
The list recognises three debuts, with the majority of publishers being independent, including newcomers to the prize Influx Press and Sort of Books.
The Booker Prize long-list
The Colony, by Audrey Magee
After Sappho, by Selby Wynn Schwartz
Glory, by NoViolet Bulawayo
Small Things Like These, by Claire Keegan
Nightcrawling, by Leila Mottley
Maps of Our Spectacular Bodies, by Maddie Mortimer
Case Study, by Graeme Macrae Burnet
Treacle Walker, by Alan Garner
The Trees, by Percival Everett
Trust, by Hernan Diaz
The Seven Moons of Maali Almeida, by Shehan Karunatilaka
Oh William! by Elizabeth Strout
Booth, by Karen Joy Fowler