This week the much-awaited Booker Prize Longlist or “Booker Dozen” was announced with, as usual, a few surprises.
This year’s panel of 5 judges are Chairman Peter Florence, founder and director of Hay Festival; Liz Calder, former fiction publisher and editor; Xiaolu Guo, novelist, essayist and filmmaker; Afua Hirsch, writer, broadcaster and former barrister; and Joanna Macgregor, concert pianist, conductor and composer.
The list comprises of some extremely well-known authors as well as relative newcomers. How many have you read? Can you predict the short-list? Here’s a little about each book to help you decide.
Margaret Atwood – The Testaments
One of two previous winners on this year’ list, Margaret Atwood’s much-awaited follow up to The Handmaid’s Tale is a well-guarded secret and isn’t released until September this year. It’s set 15 years on from the original story and is sure to be a hit with Atwood’s fans.
Watch this space for the Shortlist revealed on 3rd September and the winner on 14th October.