A short while ago the Man Booker longlist for 2018 was announced and this year I want to get in on the action.
I’ve never normally been fussed about the Man Booker before but for some reason I am always curious about who wins.
Now, I’m not saying I’m going to read the entire Longlist. I tried to do that for the Women’s Prize for fiction and honestly didn’t enjoy it all that much as I felt I had to rush them to get them all in on time. For the Man Booker I’m going to set myself the easier and more enjoyable task of just reading the books I’m interested in.
I may attempt the Shortlist once that’s announced in September. But, for now, I’m going to be reading – books from the Longlist.
Green – Will Definitely Read
Blue – May Read
Red- Have No Interest In
Warlight By Michael Ondaatje
Set in post-war London, this follows two abandoned children left in the care of an enigmatic figure named ‘The Moth.’ They suspect he’s a criminal but grow less concerned as they get to know him and his eccentric group of friends, who seem determined to educate and protect the children. 12 years later, the children begin to uncover all they did not know then.
This premise weirdly reminds me of Lemony’s Snicket’s ‘Series of Unfortunate Events.’ I’m intrigued.
The Water Cure by Sophie Mackintosh
A feminist sci-fi, this is a world where women are not safe in their bodies and where mothers much make desperate measures to raise their daughters.
I will mainly be reading this because I was accepted for it on NetGalley. The premise isn’t overly intrigueing me but I do love a good feminist sci-fi so we’ll see.
Sabrina by Nick Drnaso
Video games, conspiracy theories, breakdown, murder: Everything’s gonna be all right—until it isn’t.
I’m not normally a fan of graphic novels and don’t really have a lot of interest in them. However, I’ve never known a graphic novel to make the Longlist for the Man Booker Prize, and I’m intrigued by this one. There’s a lot going on in the premise.
The Overstory by Richard Powers
An Air Force loadmaster, an artist, an undergraduate, a scientist and five other strangers are summonded by trees to save the last few remaining acres of virgin forest.
The premise is certainly different but I just have a feeling I wouldn’t like this book. I also have the feeling this book will make the Shorlist so if it does, I will read it.
Snap by Belinda Bauer
On a stifling Summers day, 11 year old Jack and his two sisters wait in their broken down car for their mum to come back. She does not.
Three years later, Jack’s mum wakes up in a bed with a knife and a note saying ‘I could have killed you.’
I love a creepy premise and this premise is creepy af. I’m so intrigued, I want to read it right now.
In Our Mad and Furious World by Guy Gunaratne
Three London teenagers who are looking forward to a Summer that is drastically changed after a British Soldier is killed. Riots are spreading across their city and while two of the teenagers attempt to continue as normal, the third becomes rapped up in his mosques increasing radicalism.
I want to read this as it sounds very close to home and radicalism is a theme I’m seeing more and more in books and on TV. I’m thinking this will be a very impactful novel.
Everything Under by Daisy Johnson
This follows Gretel who as a child lived with her mother on a canal boat where they made up a language of their own. Years later, Gretel hasn’t heard from her Mother since she was sixteen and those memories have faded. Until a phone call brings those memories back, making Gretel question everything.
The Mars Room by Rachel Kashner
This follows Romy, a young single Mum who worked as a stripper and has just been given two life sentances for murdering her stalker.
Okay, the premise of this does intrigue me. However, I’ve seen some negative things about this book that’s kind of put me off.
Normal People by Sally Rooney
Connell and Marianne both grew up in rural Ireland but have very different lives. But when they both get into Dublin University they grow a connection that will last for years.
The synopsis for this book doesn’t really give much away but I’ve heard some good things about this book. I’m more interested in reading Sally’s debut first, so we’ll see how much I like that.
From A Low and Quiet Sea by Donel Ryan
A refugee. A dreamer. A penitent. From war-torn Syria to small-town Ireland, three men are searching for some version of home.
Obviously, this topic is very current so I’m intrigued by any book that tackles it.
Milkman by Anna Barns
Set in a small, unnamed town, to be noticed is dangerous. Middle sister is doing her best to keep Mother from finding out about her maybe Boyfriend and to keep everyone in the dark about her encounter with the Milkman. But rumours start to swell and middle sister becomes ‘interesting.’
This book has intrigued me. The fact that nobody in the premise is given a name. The way it’s exploring small town gossip. What ‘Milkman’ means. It sounds interesting.
Washington Black: A Novel by Esi Edugyan
A story of slavery, this follows two British brothers who arrive on a sugar plantation, bringing with them darkness beyond what the slaves their have already known.
Books on slavery are never easy to read but I definitely want to read this story.
The Long Take by Robin Robertson
Walker, a young Canadian, returns from the Normandy war, demobilised and with PTSD. Unable to face his family he goes in search of freedom and change.
So, this one is poetry. I am not a fan of that. I’m also not a huge fan of war stories so I may give this one a pass.
Let me know your plans for the Man Booker this year!
Thanks for reading,