1/14Books that made the 2018 Man Booker Prize Longlist
The âMan Booker Dozen’ or the 13-book longlist for the Man Booker Prize for 2018 was announced. This year the books were chosen from a list of 171 submissions, which is the highest number of titles put forward in the prizeâs 50 year history. The chair of judges this year include Kwame Anthony Appiah (Chair), Val McDermid, Leo Robson, Jacqueline Rose, and Leanne Shapton. Here are the longlisted books.
2/14‘Snap’ by Belinda Bauer
‘Snap’ is a thrilling mystery about a mother who disappears leaving three young children alone in the car. Three years later, as they struggle to live without her, the eldest child discovers a harrowing truth.The judges called the book an âacute, stylish, intelligent novel about how we survive traumaâ, that âundermines the tropes of its own genre and leaves us with something that lingersâ.
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3/14‘Milkman’ by Anna Burns
‘Milkman’ is a brilliant tale about gossip and the way it moves in social circles. The story is about how the protagonist tries to keep her encounter with the milkman a secret. However, rumours spread and all it’s consequences are surprising and amusing. The beauty of this book is the way the story is told.
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4/14‘Sabrina’ by Nick Drnaso
‘Sabrina’ is the first graphic novel to ever make the Man Booker longlist.Author Zadie Smith praises teh book as “the best bookâin any medium” and “a masterpiece, beautifully written and drawn, possessing all the political power of polemic and yet simultaneously all the delicacy of truly great art.” A sequel to Nick Drnasoâs ‘Beverly’, Sabrina illustrates the contemporary world as one devoid of personal interaction, warmth, and responsibility. Drnaso concocts a society created by fake news.
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5/14‘Washington Black’ by Esi Edugyan
Set in 1830,story is about a young slave and his special relationship with his eccentric owner, the naturalist and explorer Chirstopher Wilde. When a man is killed one night, 11-year-old Washington is left at the mercy of his master and Chirstopher has to choose between his family and his slave. What follows is a great adventure and an extraordinary journey testing their physical, intellectual and emotional roles.
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