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Claire Keegan and Audrey Magee make Booker long-list

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).

Audrey Magee talks to Ruth McKee about the books she would save if her house was on fire, in Burning Books February 2022.

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