The announcement of the Booker Prize Longlist is always a mid-summer literary treat. This year 13 selections made it to the longlist which honors books written in English and published in the UK. Writer, broadcaster, and cultural historian Neil MacGregor, chairing the judging panel, says "The list offers story, fable and parable, fantasy, mystery, meditation and thriller." In other words—something for every kind of reader. The judges noted that the longlist includes the youngest (Leila Mottley) and oldest (Alan Garner) authors ever to be nominated and features three debut novelists.
Considered one of the most prestigious book awards, the shortlist will be announced on September 6 and the winner unveiled on October 17. That gives you plenty of time to get a few of these fantastic reads under your belt:
Summaries provided via NYPL’s catalog, which draws from multiple sources. Click through to each book’s title for more.